MORGANTOWN — When Brian Sherry lived in South Park, he’d look over from the Nice Avenue Bridge and joke that the Walnut Avenue Bridge is so ugly that it’s deliberately stored at nighttime.
Then he moved to Greenmont, and traversing that stark, barely lit span turned a daily a part of his household’s downtown expertise.
Not so humorous.
So, he spent seven months or so making an attempt to get the reply to a single query — whose job is it to interchange the lights on the Walnut Avenue Bridge?
The responses shed some gentle on why the bridge has been so darkish for therefore lengthy.
Representatives of the West Virginia Division of Highways say it’s the town’s job, they usually have the settlement to show it.
An official with the metropolis of Morgantown says he can discover no proof the town has ever maintained these lights and has no data of any such settlement.
“I’ve requested them, ‘Hey, if it’s our accountability, please present me the settlement and I’d be glad to do it.’ However I must see it as a result of I’ve appeared by way of our data and I can not discover the place we signed any settlement saying these lights have been our accountability,” Engineering and Public Works Director Damien Davis stated.
Whereas the state isn’t usually eager on the town getting concerned with state routes, lighting is a notable exception — however it’s a really blended bag.
In some areas, the town is answerable for offering electrical energy and performing upkeep. In different areas that situation is reversed. Or it might even come all the way down to what particular a part of the sunshine wants consideration — for instance, the top and bulb are the town’s, whereas the state is answerable for the pole and wiring.
However in all these eventualities, Davis defined, the town has an settlement on file offering these particulars.
That stated, he admits the town pays the electrical energy for the lights on the Walnut Avenue Bridge, which means there needs to be some form of association.
“I’m not saying there isn’t an settlement, however I’ve requested them for it, they usually haven’t given it to me,” he stated.
“We wish to work with the DOH. We’re making an attempt to work with them on different issues. We all know they’re quick on manpower. We all know District 4 is down a bunch of individuals and struggling for manpower, however the state has a $2 billion surplus proper now. We’re prepared to do the work, however we don’t wish to subsidize the state.”
As for Sherry and his Greenmont neighbors, having the ability to see is much extra vital than who screws within the lightbulbs.
“It needs to be any person’s accountability. Everyone is performing like the issue can’t be solved or it’s no person’s jurisdiction,” he stated. “We simply need some gentle on the bridge.”