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MPO Coverage Board survey lists Part II of Inexperienced Bag Street as prime precedence

MORGANTOWN — An inside survey of the Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Group Coverage Board signifies enhancements to Inexperienced Bag Street proceed to be a prime precedence of native coverage makers. 

MPO Government Director Invoice Austin defined he took 5 massive tasks and requested every of the 13 coverage board members to rank their prime three.  

The tasks have already been recognized as Tier 1 priorities by the coverage board however don’t at present have a funding dedication from the state. 

When the votes had been tallied, Part II of the Inexperienced Bag Street enhancements topped the listing with 23 factors. 

Part I, which can widen Inexperienced Bag and construct two roundabouts between Fortunate Lane and Mississippi Road, has already been funded. 

Based on The Dominion Put up archive, that undertaking is estimated at $19 million — together with $3 million in right-of-way enhancements within the present fiscal 12 months and $16 million in roundabout development in fiscal 12 months 2025.   

Part II will primarily tackle the remainder of the highway — from Mississippi to Don Knotts Boulevard (together with that intersection) on one finish, and from Fortunate Lane to Deckers Creek Boulevard on the opposite.  

The Metropolitan Transportation Plan lists Part II at simply over $12.4 million.  

Enhancements to Westover’s Fairmont Street/Holland Avenue got here in a detailed second within the voting with 21 factors. 

The votes fell off considerably from there, with Willey Road enhancements getting 13 factors; upgrades to the northern part of Earl Core Street getting 12 and WV-705 hall enhancements getting eight. 

It was defined that every of the tasks acquired a minimum of one first place vote and each undertaking was included within the prime three for a minimum of 5 members. 

Austin stated the aim of the survey was to present him steering when pushing for tasks with the state. 

“The state has modified their coverage for his or her [Statewide Transportation Improvement Program] improvement and it contains MPOs having the chance to current to DOH administration our prime priorities,” Austin defined. “If, miraculously, the genie seems and stated, ‘You have got one undertaking you will get carried out,’ then that is the undertaking that was recognized.” 

Coverage Board member Ron Justice, representing WVU, stated the physique has already recognized all of these tasks are prime priorities. 

“They’re all vital. What we must do is go battle, like different communities do, for all of them,” he stated. 

The MPO coverage board contains all three Monongalia County Commissioners, three representatives from Morgantown Metropolis Council and one consultant from every of the next: Westover, Granville, Star Metropolis, Blacksville, WVU, Monongalia County Board of Schooling and Mountain Line. The physique additionally features a consultant from the West Virginia Division of Highways, although he didn’t take part within the survey.