Construction Project on U.S. 250 in Moundsville Will Be Delayed

Photo by Alan Olson Moundsville resident Joe Parriott voices his concern over the condition of the neighborhood surrounding First Street during a city council meeting on Tuesday.

A letter to Moundsville City Council read Tuesday indicated that proposed road work to U.S. 250 has been delayed, though city leaders are breathing a sigh of relief for the news.

The road work aimed to, among other things, bring the U.S. 250-Jefferson Avenue extension to a right angle with W.Va. 2 to allow a smoother traffic flow. Originally, the work was set to begin late last year.

However, City Manager Deanna Hess said she spoke with West Virginia Division of Highways official Jay Wallace, who told her there are now further delays.

“The (Division) of Highways called, said the contractors were waiting for a permit before they shut down the extension at Konnie’s Castle,” Hess said. “The project start date is the middle of March. Back roads on the extension are to remain open for access to Route 2. … As they get closer, they will keep me informed.”

While the U.S. 250 project has been pushed back, Mayor Allen Hendershot said he was relieved at the news, as he had spoken to local members of the West Virginia Legislature about trying to delay the project outright. He said this is because it would run concurrently with a major W.Va. 2 project in the same area, which calls for widening the highway, replacing bridges, and other major road work. Hendershot said that while he was unable to get the results he sought, the delay would serve to limit the anticipated bottleneck.

Hendershot said, “We’d like to see the extension project actually back up until after the Route 2 project is completed. It actually provides a way to get around the bottleneck. I don’t think we were successful in delaying it permanently. … It’s going to be a problem.”

In other council business, resident Joe Parriott asked members to do something about the First Street area, where Parriott said visitors to the city from the north must make their way through what he called “the ugliest part of Moundsville.”

Parriott pointed out the dozens of portable toilets along Fostoria Avenue, and the heavy weeds along Parr’s Run near Jefferson Avenue. He suggested cutting back weeds and planting evergreen trees along the way, as well as cleaning up coal mine waste and trimming foliage.