September 17, 2008
Recorded Attendees: Gary Howell – Mineral County, Wayne Spiggle-Mineral County Commission, Arvin Harsh – Preston County, Bill Wood – WVDOH – Charleston, Mona Ridder – MCDA, David Gobel – Taylor County Commission, Marli Jenkins – Taylor Co. Library, Tony Veltri – Taylor County Commission, Paul Elder – Taylor County Chamber of Commerce, Roger Russell WVDOC Charleston, Marc Bashoor – Mineral County OEM, Bob Williams – Taylor County,
Introductions: Taylor County Commissioner Tony Veltri opened the meeting and made the introductions welcoming everyone to the meeting. The meeting was then turned over to Wayne Spiggle who took the time to thank Secretary Gary Howell for taking care of the agenda and minutes.
Correspondence: Arvin Harsh presented the group with a copy of a letter received in response to our request that the intersection of US 50 and WV 24 in
The went on to further state they had installed stop bars on WV 24 to alert drivers for the approaching intersection and stop. They relocated the stop sign on WV 24 to improve driver vision by stopping in a better location to observe traffic before pulling on to US 50. The double yellow line on US 50 has been extended to reduce the possibility of vehicles passing while coming into the intersection.
The group asked since the speed limit on US 50 is 55mph through the intersection of WV 24 and it drops to 40 mph just west of the intersection would it be possible to drop the speed limit just east of the WV 24 to reduce speed through the WV 24 intersection. Bill Woods indicated this could be a possibility especially since that is where US 50 enters
As the discussion progressed Taylor County Commissioner Dave Gobel asked why someone has to be hurt or killed before the state will spend money in our area. He went on to point out that US 50 has been closed east of
Old Business: H.R. 4827 was discussed. While Cate Johnson of Congressman Mollohan’s (WV-1) office and Chris Strovel of Congresswoman Shelley Capito’s (WV-2) office were unable to attend, they did send information stating the bill would probably not move forward in this congressional session. Gary Howell asked that the group request the bill be reintroduced for the next congressional session. This bi-partisan bill will provide Appalachian Development Highway System money for a
Gary Howell presented a draft of the
The group was asked to make notes and get back to Gary Howell on possible changes and improvements to the brochure. Bill Woods of WVDOH presented some brochures to be used for reference. Wayne Spiggle asked Gary Howell to send digital copies of the draft brochure out to the members of the association and if he could have a final draft ready for the November meeting. Howell indicated he would work towards that goal.
It was discussed if the state should look at changing WV 279, which is a modern 4-lane highway connecting Interstate 79 to US 50 east of Bridgeport to US 50. This would allow through traffic to use the modern road instead of traveling through downtown
Bill Woods of WVDOH indicated with US 50 being closed on the east side of Bridgeport that the traffic was already using WV 279 for that purpose and the state was already thinking about the idea of changing WV 279 to US 50.
Wayne Spiggle didn’t think it was appropriate for the US 50 Association to get involved without asking the
A short review of how successful the US 50 Association has been with getting its project list moved forward with the WVDOH. Bill Woods stated, the US 50 Association is ahead of other groups in the state. You have a voice in
The following US 50 Association projects are moving forward or have been updated through WVDOH.
Bill Woods indicated that extending WV 93 to Keyser is moving forward. Memo’s requesting Federal approval to double sign
Woods stated the state would not extend WV 93 to the
Along US 50 at the new school in
Taylor County Commissioner Tony Veltri thanked everybody for attending the meeting.
Meeting Adjourned at 1:57
Tentative Meeting Schedule
19 November 2008 -
21 January 2009 – Grant County
18 March 2009 –
15 July 2009 –
16 September 2009 –
18 November 2009 –