Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on May 29, 2012 @ 8:17PM
Created on May 29, 2012 @ 7:25PM
Consider this your official warning.
Crews hope to start construction next month on the first phase of a project to expand the Mileground in Monongalia County.
If you've ever driven on the Mileground in Morgantown you know it gets busy.
On any given day you can see thousands of folks traveling that stretch, and that's why it should be a relief to know the county's Planning Director says they've found a way do the work without making a change to traffic flow.
Plans have been in the works for years to expand the Mileground.
Officials say they originally wanted to add a road that runs from Stewartstown Road to Easton Hill Road.
After that was shot down, the Department of Highways decided the best idea was then to widen the road and add a roundabout to the intersection of 705.
Construction should start on that this summer.
Cheryl Wandel, who works on the Mileground, told 5 News something needs to be done to make her commute easier.
Crews hope to have the work done by January, which should be just in time for the opening of a new school in the area.
Austin says at some point crews will have shut down that area to build a new approach to the roundabout, but there's already plans in the works for that.
"A lot of that will take place in an area that's not the current intersection," Austin said. "It will be a new location because they're realligning the intersection. They'll be able to build the roundabout and get it ready for operation without actually impacting the exsisting condition of the roadway."
Austin says they hope to have the entire project finished by 2014.
You must have an active WDTV.COM user account to post comments. Please login
to your account, or create
your free account today!