Drivers say they’re nearly at the end of their rope.
But the construction is nearly at its end also.
“You can’t get there from here” is an old joke.
But it pretty much describes Moundsville all summer.
“It’s just ridiculous,” says Martha Blizzard White of Elm Grove. “You can’t get to the businesses along the road. It’s a mess! And it doesn’t look like it’s getting any better. It’s been like that for months.”
In addition to state and city road construction, there’s the First Street closure to replace a broken water line.
They say the initial detour was awkward.
“The problem is, it made them go longer on Second Street, and Second Street’s not really build for the volume or the weight of the traffic,” said Moundsville Police Chief Tom Mitchell. “So they modified it.”
The good news is that the long-closed Moundsville Extension is set to reopen soon.
Police hope it will.
People are getting stuck in gridlock on Route 2, and even on the Moundsville Bridge.
“So you’ve already got a high volume of traffic,” said Chief Mitchell. “There’s a lot of people coming into our town. And so some of my people have had to sit through four cycles of traffic lights to get there.”
Chief Mitchell says it’s the worst in morning and mid-afternoon when school buses are in the mix.
“If I could avoid those times to travel, I would,” he noted. “If I was going to the grocery store, instead of going at 3 p.m., I’d go at 2 p.m. Little things like that. And be alert. Be patient. The speed limit’s reduced through there to 30 miles per hour. We’ve been enforcing them pretty stringently because we don’t want the workers to become injured.”
Division of Highways personnel say the Moundsville Extension is set to reopen Monday.