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Weirton councilman calls for review of conditions on Marland Heights Road

WEIRTON — One member of Weirton Council has asked for a review of conditions on Marland Heights Road following a recent vehicle rollover.

The issue was discussed during Thursday’s meeting of the Weirton Traffic Commission, where officials explained Ward 4 Councilman George Ash had asked the commission to consider any measures they may deem appropriate pertaining to speeding and public safety on the road.

“As soon as that accident happened on Marland Heights Road, this email came out,” Commission Chair Romie Castelli said.

While officials acknowledged speeding is an issue on the road, they were unsure of what measures could be taken.

“We can’t even slow them down where we’re flagging them,” Public Works Director Rod Rosnick said, noting cars speed past his crews while they are performing work on the roadway. “There’s no real good way to control it.”

Rosnick noted an anti-skid material had been installed on a portion of the road.

Commissioners agreed speeding can be a problem on the road.

“When I was investigating, I almost got rear-ended for going too slow,” Commissioner Douglas Branham said.

According to Castelli, Ash had suggested looking at placing a traffic control device at Wood Street, but he noted there already is a traffic light at Orchard Street, a short distance away.

“I’m not sure what we can do,” Castelli said.

In other business, the commission:

¯ Denied a request from Ash for an ordinance to stop “jake braking” coming off of Route 22 onto Route 2 into the city, saying the WVDOH will look into the issue instead.

¯ Denied a request from Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso to extend a no parking area on South 12th Street to include a section between 152 South 12th Street and 142 South 12th Street.

¯ Recommended rescinding Ordinance 2033, establishing a dedicated handicapped parking stall at 216 Lane St.

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

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