Students back in school means traffic and busy streets are back too.
The City of Morgantown is doing what it can to help speed up traffic by fixing side roads near campus and this week the focus is on Third Street.
Morgantown City engineer, Damien Davis, said this project is an extension from last year.
“Third street is a continuation of a project last year, we did the streetscape on third street, paved it, sidewalks new lighting and last year once we finished the project MUB had a waterline break,” said Davis.
The water line break has sense been fixed but the damage ended up causing the road to crack and led to undesirable bumps and pot holes on third street from McLane Avenue through lower Beechurst Alley.
“It was in pretty bad shape when the waterline broke it undermined a lot of the roadway so it was pretty bumpy and wavy,” said David. “MUB just did a temporary patch on the roadway just to get it going through the winter time and uh to our paving project.”
The paving project officially began Monday of this week but with Third Street being one of the main roads traveled for students and faculty at West Virginia University the city has high hopes of finishing this project by the end of the week in hopes of increasing the flow of traffic.
“Their doing excavation work they got to dig out, a lot of the temporary patch max MUB put in, so now we’re just we’re bringing it to what is it was you know it was a nice smooth road, now that’s what it’s going to be again,” explained Davis.
Before the water line broke Third Street used to be a main route to campus, but with the road in need of repairs traffic from campus continues to be an ongoing issue.
“Third street kind of takes the traffic from campus and so that with it being the way it was, bumpy, I think people were trying to avoid it maybe,” said Davis.
Third street typically acts as a traffic relief to campus drive but with third being closed off this week the city engineer is predicting about a three to five-minute traffic delay and is advising all drivers to take alternate routes for the remainder of the week.
“It’s not a main street per say but it kind of acts like a relief valve for Campus Drive,” said Davis.
“Campus Drive gets a lot of traffic on it in-between classes uh and third street kind of acts as a relief valve it takes some of the traffic off campus.”
The City of Morgantown has high hopes of finishing the repairs to third street in time for West Virginia University’s first home football game of the season this Saturday in order to help reduce the amount of traffic in the area.