CLARKSBURG -- About 100
local officials, residents and business owners attended a
meeting Thursday to discuss the Harrison County Transportation
The study is being conducted
by URS Corp., an Omaha, Neb.-based company. The study is a
guide the state Division of Highways will use for the next
Bill Troe, a transportation
planner for URS, said the purpose of Thursday's meeting was to
inform residents about some of the alternative plans that have
Previous meetings have
focused on identifying problems with transportation in the
county and potential areas of growth and associated problems
with that growth.
Troe said planners will now
look at all the alternatives, along with public and official
comments, and develop a draft plan that looks at benefits vs.
costs. There will be more public comment periods once that
plan is developed, he said.
While many people spoke
Thursday, the overwhelming sentiment was in support of the
proposed upgrade to Davisson Run Road from U.S. 50 to West
"This (Route) 98 thing has
to go. We've got to build that," said Geary Rollins, an
assistant principal at Robert C. Byrd High School. "I used to
teach at Liberty (High School) and they were going to fix it
then, and that was 20 years ago."
Clarksburg City Council
members and county commissioners have all said upgrading the
road is their No. 1 priority.
Other issues raised Thursday
were concerns that some parts of Harrison County are being
"Harrison County is more
than Bridgeport, and it's more than Clarksburg. We all bring
our own legitimate self-interests, but at some point we need
to step back and look at the big picture," said Shinnston City
Council member Barry Locke. "We need to open up all of
Harrison County for development."
Mary Lough, community
specialist for the American Cancer Society, said public
transportation needs to be explored, especially with United
Hospital Center planning to open a new hospital off Interstate
79 in the next few years.
Lynda Trippett said she had
concerns about the widening project on Meadowbrook Road,
especially because a new four-lane from the FBI fingerprint
complex into Shinnston is also being
Troe said planners hope to
have a draft plan ready for public comment in
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