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Traffic Commission discusses mirror at Marland Heights intersection

WEIRTON — The Weirton Traffic Commission, during its meeting Thursday, discussed the possibility of placing a traffic mirror at one Marland Heights intersection, after officials say traffic has increased in the area.

The commission agreed to request a work order, pending approval by the city manager’s office, to place a mirror at the intersection of Elmhurst Drive and Brightway Street after receiving comments from residents and the ward’s council representative.

Ward 5 Councilwoman Flora Perrone noted a new business in the area has resulted in an increase of vehicles moving through the intersection, saying drivers have reported having difficulties turning left from Elmhurst onto Brightway.

“It’s getting a lot of traffic,” Perrone said. “There’s more people making that left than there were before.”

Public Works Director Rod Rosnick noted a mirror could be placed, if directed, but he expressed concern as to whether the proposed location or angle would be beneficial. Rosnick also noted some visibility issues on Brightway, depending on vehicles parking in the area.

Traffic Commission Chairman Romie Castelli said he always thought most residents of the area would travel down Elmhurst, and then take either Claremont Place or Palisades Drive, looping their way back to Brightway.

The commission also agreed to remove a request for a pedestrian crosswalk near Mt. Olive Baptist Church, with the possibility of revisiting the issue at a later time, pending discussions between council and a group of residents.

Rosnick explained if the pedestrian crosswalk were to not involve any traffic control, it would require a traffic study. Otherwise, traffic control devices, such as lights or signage, would be needed.

Castelli said he doesn’t feel traffic controls would be accepted by the neighborhood.

“They don’t want another stop sign on Weir Avenue,” he said.

Rosnick pointed out there is reduced visibility in the area when traveling south.

Also Thursday, the commission recommended the removal of a dedicated residential disability parking space at 3043 Elm St., noting the resident no longer lived there.

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

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