Public, private partnership aims for new I-79 interchange

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Enrout Properties LLC and Glenn Adrian say they need a new I-79 interchange to ease traffic congestion and allow for future growth.

Adrian says truck traffic currently uses exity 152, travels through Westover to get to the Morgantown Industrial Park, new interchange would alleviate that congestion and improve access for others.

“Better access potentially for Westwood Middle School and Skyview Elementary, also a huge burden off of exit 152,”Adrian said,”And open the western side of River Road to better access and emergency response vehicles.”

He says the interchange would open the park up to a class of development.

“We already have barge and river access, we also have a private rail spur that feeds off the Norfolk Southern mainline rail,”Adrian said,”The only other aspect that’s most important when you’re trying to attract industrial users is interstate access.”

Adrian says the current TIF would be extended by five years and a new would be established for the area. He says the effort would be funded by a joint effort between Enrout and the state of West Virginia.