Traffic conditions in Morgantown can be frustrating, but finding a solution is not as easy as it seems. The intersection of University Ave and Collins Ferry Road has been identified by the Division of Highways as a problem area.
A proposed DOH plan would put a roundabout at the intersection. The Citizens and Businesses for Safer Neighborhoods held a forum at Knight of Columbus in Morgantown Tuesday afternoon. Representatives from the Division of Highways, Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization, as well as residents were in attendance.
“So this project was recommend to us by the MPO which means they done studies they done surveys and the public threw their support behind it as this is a dangerous and inefficient intersection,” said Dirar Ahmad, a DOH engineer.
Residents say they are concerned that the roundabout doesn’t take into account the residential and business needs or pedestrian safety.
“I’m concerned that they are investing a lot of money and effort to something that is not gonna fix the situation that we have at hand and that’s people cutting through the neighborhoods. That’s what i think they need to stop that and they won’t have to worry about this intersection,” Elizabeth Stankos, a Morgantown resident.
The group talked about alternatives such as another road or traffic lights. Ultimately residents had concerns about the use of city funds.
“Right now we feel that the intersection that’s there is useful and there’s no need to spend tax payer money to update it.” Robert Morgano, property manager JDL MPLC
The DOH says they have looked at the concerns and alternatives and ultimately believe this to be the best solution.
“The design is complete. we are acquiring right away working with utilities. If our engineers, if we did not think this would be worthwhile investment and tax payer dollars, I promise you and the citizens we would not be doing this project,” said Ahmad.
DOH says construction can start at soon as this summer. Residents against the project will continue to voice their concerns. Stay with 12 news for more updates on the story.