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Significantly Safer Travel
The proposal for a West Run Expressway, as presented in the 1998 Morgantown - Monongalia County Transportation Plan, is based on two demonstrable needs: improved traffic safety and reduced vehicle congestion. Increased safety will come with diversion of substantial through traffic (between I-79 and I-68) from city streets, plus the opportunity for some urban motorists to select the expressway for part of their travel.

Over the last quarter century, development in the area has greatly increased the amount of traffic which Morgantown city streets have had to bear. As congestion grew, and as more and more through traffic blended with commuter traffic, the danger of accidents increased dramatically. And it's going to get worse. Within the next twenty years, engineers expect the West Run Expressway to be carrying between 21,500 and 28,800 vehicles - cars and trucks which will not have to rely exclusively on the current road system. Without the expressway, planners predict, for example, that WV Route 705 could be crammed with as many as 38,500 vehicles each day. The West Run Expressway would reduce that projected number to about 25,100.

By reducing congestion and providing a modern four-lane alternative, the West Run Expressway would provide significantly safer travel. Engineers estimate that the planned expressway would result in 40 to 50 fewer accidents in this area each year - something like one a week, year in and year out.

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