UPDATE: Warning Signs to be Added Near Accident Prone Intersections

By: Steffany Hiett, Anna Baxter Email
By: Steffany Hiett, Anna Baxter Email

UPDATE 8/28/13 @ 8:15 a.m.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Commissioners are moving forward with safety plans for accident-prone intersections throughout the county.

Last month commissioners released a list of the areas with the highest number of accidents. According to the county's report, the most troubled spot is the Oakwood Road exit in Charleston.

According to a report, between 2009 and 2011 there were 294 accidents at the Oakwood Road exit in Charleston. That is more than triple the amount of accidents on any other portion of the interstate in the county.

The second highest was Montrose Drive which had 97 accidents.

MacCorkle Avenue came in third with 96 accidents and Cross Lanes rounded out the list with 90.

Commissioners say they plan on adding more warning signs near the Oakwood Road exit and talking with the Division of Highways about what else can be done.

"One of the things that the county commission is interested in is making the roads safe, Kanawha County Engineer John Luoni said. "Not only for people passing through the county, but for those people who live here in Kanawha County and work here in Kanawha County."

Commissioners are sending the information they have to the DOH for further review.



UPDATE 8/27/13 @ 11:35 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County commissioners are moving forward with safety plans for accident-prone roadways.

Last month, commissioners released a list of the areas with the highest number of accidents -- the most troubled spot being the Oakwood Road exit in Charleston.

On Tuesday night, commissioner announced they plan on adding more warning signs and talking with Division of Highways officials about what else can be done.

Commissioners are sending the information they have to the DOH for further review.



UPDATE 7/19/13 @ 6:15 p.m.
KANAWHA COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- In just two years, there were 294 crashes at the Oakwood Road exit from I-64. That doesn't surprise Haleigh Jeffrey, who is very familiar with this stretch of road.

“Pretty much every day I have to go over it to get home,” Jeffrey said.

Although she's never been in a crash here, she worries that one day she will be.

I just get scared that I'm going to go too fast and flip over the side.

That's exactly what happened back in December of 2007. A semi went off the bridge, flipped and landed in the Kanawha River. The driver and the passenger both died.

Now, the Kanawha County Commission wants to sit down with the Department of Highways and talk about that exit and several others.

At Thursday's commission meeting, they revealed the four exits between Huntington and Charleston with the most crashes from 2009 to 2011.

Oakwood was the worst, but Montrose, MacCorkle, and Cross Lanes also had 90 or more crashes during that two year period.

The DOH says it is more than willing to work with the commission to improve things.

“Our mission is to provide safety to the traveling public,” Brent Walker with the Department of Highways said. “And if those are areas that we haven't taken a look at and we need to a little closer then we certainly will.”

But he cautions, the raw numbers might not tell the whole story. M any of those locations had construction during that time period. The DOH will also have to analyze speed and weather data from the specific crashes. Jeffrey says... She'd like to see changes.

“Definitely make the speed limit slower and put up the turn signs so people know it's so sharp,” Jeffrey said.

All of this is still very preliminary. The commission didn't discuss the numbers at Thursday night's meeting and says there will be more crash data released during the next meeting.

They will take a look at crashes on other interstates in Kanawha County and the circumstances surrounding them.



ORIGINAL STORY: 7/19/13 @ 8:20 A.M.
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Kanawha County Commissioners are hoping to work with the Division of Highways to come up with a comprehensive plan to improve the most dangerous sections of Interstate 64 in Kanawha County.

A list of the areas with the highest number of accidents was released at Thursday night's county commission meeting and the top trouble spots probably won't come as a surprise to most drivers.

According to a report, between 2009 and 2011 there were 294 accidents at the Oakwood Road exit in Charleston. That is more than triple the amount of accidents on any other portion of the interstate in the county.

The second highest was Montrose Drive which had 97 accidents.

MacCorkle Avenue came in third with 96 accidents and Cross Lanes rounded out the list with 90.

Commission President Kent Carper tells WSAZ.com commissioners plan to discuss these areas again at their next meeting before meeting with the WVDOH.

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