WEIRTON - City officials are hoping to find a solution for traffic problems at an intersection that have been giving area residents trouble for the last several months.
The city's traffic commission on Thursday proposed placing a double-yellow line on 75 feet of McHendry Street in an attempt to solve traffic flow problems surrounding the city street's intersection with Pennsylvania Avenue.
The proposal must go before City Council for approval.
Six residents of McHendry Street were in attendance to discuss the ongoing issue, saying much of the problem arises as a result of vehicles entering or leaving the parking lots of the Marathon gas station and the office of Dr. Adie Tamboli.
In particular, the residents stated traffic often will use the lack of higher curbs at the businesses to cross McHendry Street from one parking lot to another in an attempt to gain better access to Pennsylvania Avenue. This, they explained, has led to several near accidents in the area. Large trucks parked for deliveries to the gas station also have caused visibility issues for drivers, residents said.
Jay Wallace of the West Virginia Division of Highways explained the lack of curbs at the gas station is necessary to assist large trucks and other vehicles that have to access the business.
"There's not much you can do to regulate those types of businesses," Wallace said.
Commission member Dave Guglielmo, who previously owned and operated New City Auto across from the intersection in question, explained he had been involved in planning the sidewalk and access to the former car dealership as part of the Pennsylvania Avenue enhancement project.
"That was set before I left," Guglielmo said. "I needed a wide entrance."
It was stated changes to the sidewalk now most likely would have to be done at the property owners' expense.
A suggestion of warning signs also was brought up to remind motorists of the business and street entrances.
Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh, meanwhile, suggested the possibility of the businesses installing speed bumps on their properties to encourage motorists to slow down while leaving the parking lots.
"Both owners should probably have them," Marsh said.
Commission Chair Romie Castelli said he also will set up a meeting with Tamboli and the gas station to see what assistance they may be willing to provide toward a permanent solution.
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