After a year of discussions, and a traffic study, it’s one of the hottest topics in Wheeling; two way traffic downtown
The topic started with city council asking the state to consider two way traffic on Main and Market.
The Division of Highways already said the tunnels need to stay one way, but an engineering firm has been studying what two way would look like south of that area between 10th and 16th.
Lorie Weed said she drives through downtown everyday for work. She says traffic is heavy, and she’s just not sure if 2 way traffic is a good idea.
“I don’t think they should make it 2 way, it’s been like that for 2 years people are really going to be confused,” said Weed.
West Virginia Northern students Chasity Woods and Shayna Caldwell think it might make downtown easier to understand.
“I think it will be a good idea, I think it would help cut back on a lot of the traffic that they have,” said Woods.
“I think it would be a lot better and easier for everyone to get where they’re going,” said Caldwell.
Mayor Glenn Elliott said there are several goals of the project, to slow people down, decrease crime, make the city more walkable, and a little more modern.
“Two way traffic slows down traffic speeds a bit, it doubles up marketing abilities because you see both sides of buildings when you’re driving through town, and when you’re going a little bit slower you might actually get out and get coffee at this place you didn’t notice before when you were zipping by at 40 miles an hour,” said Elliott.
“I definitely think Wheeling needs to be more of a walking city, it can get confusing sometimes,” said Caldwell.
If approved through a traffic study, the DOH would have to approve the work, and then the city council would ultimately vote to make the decision.
The project would happen in conjunction with the downtown street scape project replacing sidewalks and street surfaces.
Mayor Elliott says he can’t walk through Kroger without someone stopping him to voice their opinion, he’d like to hear those this week.
“I encourage you to come Wednesday night, it’s going to be a crowded room there’s going to be a lot of topic on two way traffic, but that will be your opportunity to hear from actual traffic experts who have collected actual data and run actual traffic simulations on what two way traffic would look like in downtown,” said Elliott.
The traffic study results will be shared on Wednesday in a public meeting.
That meeting will be held in the B&O Building at West Virginia Northern Community College at 5 p.m.