Morgantown Residents Unhappy with Condition of Beechurst Avenue
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on August 19, 2014 @ 7:29PM
Created on August 19, 2014 @ 6:23PM
Over the last few months the West Virginia Department of Highways has had its hands full trying to make road repairs. Despite the best efforts of work crews, many local residents are still frustrated with the conditions of some major roadways.
In Morgantown, local residents aren't happy with condition of Beechurst Avenue which is one of the area's most commonly traveled roads. Beechurst Avenue is located right in the heart of the University City.
Beechurst Avenue is just one area people are worried about and its controlled by the state. Earlier this summer, city and county officials were under the presumption that the road was on the DOH's priority list of roads to be taken care of. Community leaders in Monongalia County were hopeful the road would be repaved before WVU students came back. Now, county officials claim they've been told Beechurst Avenue isn't on a repair list and they're not sure when the DOH will be able to get to it.
Monongalia County Commissioner Tom Bloom said, "We're told that it was on a paving list and it was going to be taken care of. It just doesn't make sense to do some other roads when this is probably the number one priority road in Monongalia County that needs to be addressed."
The road still has multiple potholes. WVU students are saying they left in May and returned last week to find the road in virtually the same condition.
"I remember they were working on parts of it, but there doesn't seem to be a whole lot done and there should be," said WVU junior Daniel Gibson.
Bobby Moore is also a junior at WVU. He said, "I was kind of surprised that they didn't make major improvements to the road."
DOH officials were unavailable for comment on Tuesday, but said they'd be willing to discuss the concerns people have. Tune into 5 News on Wednesday for the DOH's response.
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