Officials: Beechurst Avenue gets failing grade for traffic flow during peak hours

MORGANTOWN, W.Va (WDTV) - Beechurst and University Avenues in Morgantown have a high tendency to see bumper to bumper traffic for several hours each day.

While some say it's not necessarily a new thing, they do wonder if anything can be done to make it easier on drivers.

"I'm tired of seeing traffic nonstop," said Chris Hoag. "It's a pain for our drivers to get out of our parking lot. Anything they can do to alleviate any traffic going up and down the boulevards."

"Going anywhere just takes forever," said Stefan Marr-Madariaga. "There's traffic everywhere. If you're trying to get to class, the PRT is busy, then the buses are busy, and then it just becomes a huge issue of not enough space and too many cars."

The Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization knows this is an issue, and have just as much of a desire to fix it as the community does. Executive Director Bill Austin explained that they're in the early planning stages.

"Our long-range transportation plan identified in 2013 that there were potentially spot improvements throughout the corridor from 8th Street all the way down to Pleasant Street that could make traffic operations work better," Austin said.

Austin says they hope to get the ball rolling on this within the next couple of months.

"We're looking at a series of solutions that may not eliminate congestion on the corridor, but make it work better," Austin added.

Austin says he hopes for there to be a public meeting some time in mid to late September or early October, and then to wrap up plans some time in November.