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Crosswalk discussion continues in Weirton

WEIRTON – Discussion is continuing on a proposal for a pedestrian crosswalk on an area of Weir Avenue.

The crosswalk has been requested to be placed near the Kessel Street intersection, between Mount Olive Baptist Church and the Dunbar Recreation Center. It came up for discussion during recent meetings between Weirton Council and a group of local African American clergy and community members.

Public Works Director Rod Rosnick said, during Thursday’s meeting of the Weirton Traffic Commission, he had been asked to study the issue in more detail, with assistance from the state.

“They asked me to reach out to the DOH,” Rosnick said, explaining he met with a representative of the West Virginia Division of Highways to review the area and come up with recommendations.

Rosnick said the DOH representative said a crosswalk could be placed in the area, along with signage, but also recommended restricting on-street parking near the intersection to assist with visibility.

“To me, that would be a sticking point,” Rosnick said. “I think that would be their prime parking.”

The commission agreed, and recommended council meet with the community group soon to explain the latest information before any action is taken.

“Without their input, I wouldn’t want to make a decision,” Commissioner Douglas Branham said.

Ward 3 Councilman Fred Marsh, who was in attendance for another matter, recommended City Manager Mike Adams and Ward 1 Councilman Tim Connell schedule the meeting, with the possibility of it being ready for the Traffic Commission’s November session.

The commission also gave its approval to a new design for parking permit tags as part of an ordinance regulating residential parking in some areas of the city.

City Clerk Kim Long noted the new tags, which will be available for residents and visitors on the applicable streets, will hang from the rearview mirror of a vehicle.

Also, Thursday, the commission heard about concerns over parking on Braxton Road, a stop sign recently placed on an alley leading onto Powers Road, and a followup to the placement of a mirror on Brightway near Elmhurst Drive. As they were not listed as action items on the agenda, no decisions were made.

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

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