CHAPMANVILLE, W.Va. — Traffic congestion is not only relegated to big cities. The town of Chapmanville has been experiencing a traffic issue that could possibly present a dangerous situation to motorists.
Recently, the West Virginia Department of Highways installed new radar sensors on the traffic lights in the town of Chapmanville.
The sensors are supposed to be more sensitive than those that are implanted in the highway; however, due to apparent misalignment by the contractor, the sensors have not been working properly. This has resulted in the traffic lights only changing during the normal pattern.
As a result, vehicles that are traveling north on U.S. Rt. 119 and exiting into Chapmanville have been backing up the exit ramp onto Corridor G creating a traffic safety issue.
The other problem contributing to the congestion is the disallowance of right turns on red the intersection.
Chapmanville Mayor Jerry Price has confirmed that relief is on its way. In search of a solution, Mayor Price noted Town of Chapmanville attorney Rob Kuenzel met with traffic engineers at the Department of Highways (DOH) district headquarters in Huntington, W.Va. Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016.
The traffic engineers indicated that they were aware of the problem and that a fix is forthcoming. Kuenzel reports that the traffic engineers seem to attribute the failure of the radar system to be the result of misalignment of the radar sensors.
The traffic engineers also confirmed to Kuenzel that the “no turn on red” sign was to be replaced by a “yield to pedestrians in crosswalk.” The initial change came to provide safety for the residents of the Chapmanville Towers who were crossing at the intersection.
The DOH engineers reportedly stated proper signage directing motorist to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk likely will be as effective as the no turn on red signage.
The engineers have indicated the traffic signals should be fixed by Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016.