||The West Virginia Division of Highways Receives the Final Report from the West Run Expressway Committee
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August 4, 2000
Morgantown, W. Va. Representatives from the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) visited Morgantown on Monday, August 1, 2000 where they met with members of the West Run Expressway Committee (WREC) to receive their final report of recommendations for the West Run Expressway (WRE).
According to the West Run Expressway Committee Final Report Executive Summary, the WREC, consisting of city mayors, representatives from West Virginia University and the Monongalia County Commission, and local residents, was created in January 2000 to "gather more public input pertaining to the West Run Expressway."
After months of meetings, the WREC submitted their recommendations to the WVDOH on Monday. State Highway Engineer Joe Deneault said, "Our goal for Morgantown is to design the most safe, convenient, and cost-effective highway as possible. The recommendations submitted by the WREC will help us to accomplish that goal."
The Executive Summary explains that the committee as a whole strongly supports the construction of the WRE. However, they were also sympathetic to those directly effected by the roadwork and have taken their concerns into consideration when forming their recommendations. Some of the suggestions that the WREC presented include:
- No traffic lights on the WRE
- Limited access to the highway to avoid urban sprawl
- No at-grade intersections
- Accesses to the WRE at Collins Ferry Road and Van Voorhis Road
- Constructing a 4-lane continuous flow roadway connecting 705 and to Easton and I-68
- Avoiding as many homes as possible
Deneault continued, "This group spent a lot of time studying the needs and wants of their community. We will definitely take their recommendations into account when designing the preferred alignment for the road."
Copies of the WREC Final Report will be made available to the public on compact disk in about three weeks. To request a copy of the CD or to find out more information on the West Run project, visit www.wvwestrun.com.
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