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Weirton Traffic Commission discusses downtown intersections

WEIRTON — The Weirton Traffic Commission is recommending the extension of yellow “no parking” areas at several intersections in the city’s downtown following a recent structure fire.

The requests, focusing on five intersections along Orchard Street, had been forwarded to the commission by Ward 4 Councilman George Ash.

Fire Chief Jerry Shumate explained his department recently had responded to a structure fire at 3725 West St. Extension.

The layout of the streets and current parking regulations make it difficult for fire trucks to navigate through the area.

“We cannot get a fire truck from one end to the other,” Shumate said.

Shumate said he and Ash had discussed the issue, and felt extending the no parking zones at the selected intersections would assist in providing access.

“Those would be our access to the different blocks,” he explained.

The requests, as recommended by the commission, include:

• Placing 30 feet of yellow curbing on both sides at the south side intersection of Orchard Street and Marland Heights Road for curb corners on both sides of Orchard Street.

• Placing 30 feet of yellow curbing on all sides at the intersection of the alley and Orchard Street between the 3656 and 3700 at all four curb corners.

• Placing 40 feet of yellow curbing at the intersection of Maryland Avenue and Orchard Street between 3708 Orchard St. and 3712 Orchard St., the west side of Orchard Street directly across from Maryland Avenue at 3709 Orchard St. and both curb corners on the east side at the intersection.

• Placing 40 feet of yellow curbing at the intersection of the alley and Orchard Street between 3716 Orchard St. and 3724 Orchard St., the west side of Orchard Street directly across from the alley at 3721 Orchard St. and both curb corners on the east side at the intersection.

• Placing 25 feet of yellow curbing on all sides at the intersection of the alley and Orchard Street south of 3740 Orchard St. and the west side alley entrance at 3737 Orchard St. and the north side curb corners on the east side and west side at the intersection, and the curbs corners and curbs south of this intersection on both sides of Orchard Street.

Commission Chair Romie Castelli noted members of the commission had visited the area, and agreed it was difficult to travel through.

“I have trouble with my car, let alone a fire truck,” Castelli said.

(Howell can be contacted at chowell@weirtondailytimes.com, and followed via Twitter @CHowellWDT)

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