Brooke seeks cash for Route 2

WELLSBURG – The Brooke County Commission on Tuesday agreed to seek additional funds for upgrades to state Route 2 to ease the flow of traffic to the new Eagle Manufacturing facility under construction there.

The commission agreed to apply for $100,000 in industrial access road funds through the West Virginia Department of Transportation for the widening of the west intersection of Route 2 and 22nd Street and for changes to the traffic signals north and south of the intersection to correspond with a new signal to be installed at the intersection.

The new signal will allow drivers of large trucks to make left or right turns against the flow of traffic and onto 22nd Street to the Eagle warehouse facility under construction.

A total of $325,000 in industrial access funds was secured earlier for the project.

But the total cost for the work exceeded the earlier estimate, said Wellsburg City Manager Mark Henne, who asked the commission to support application for the additional funds.

Commission President Tim Ennis joked that he normally would be wary of adding another traffic signal. But he said in this case, the signal will support development that will benefit the city and county.

Ennis said as a driver for Eagle Manufacturing many years ago, he also understands the need to ensure the truck drivers are able to maneuver local streets.

Henne said the state Division of Highways, which is overseeing the project, hopes to seek bids soon.

“We’re trying to move forward with the project because Eagle certainly is moving on with construction,” he said.

Eagle has begun construction of a 40,000-square-foot warehouse and a 1,200-square-foot office building at the former 4-acre site, which previously was occupied by Banner Fiberboard.

In other business, the commission:

Agreed to seek bids for liability and property insurance after learning in recent weeks that its workers’ compensation coverage will increase about $12,000.

In related business, Ennis said the commission will soon know its carryover from the previous fiscal year. The commission had cut more than $1 million from its 2013-14 fiscal budget, citing declining revenue.

Was advised of the hirings of James Campagna as a part-time security guard for the county courthouse and Stacey Treherne as a part-time worker at the county’s animal shelter.