Thrown for a Curve?

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Sometime overnight, a Jeep SUV overturned on route 50 east of the Parkersburg city limits. When police got there, the driver was already gone.

But we're told it left damage along the concrete dividers along the Corridor D construction route.

Several of these accidents have happened since the completion of construction of this section of roadway, which has, for now, an enhanced curve.

Darin Simpson, of the West Virginia Department of Highways says, “I feel the drivers are accustomed to proceeding through this area at speeds of 40-50 miles an hour. The geometry of the road has changed, and it is just not physically possible for motorists to travel at those speeds, it becomes an unsafe condition.”

Highway officials say there have been several efforts to slow down traffic, including the posting of speed limit signs, and message boards like these at both ends of the construction route.

“What people don't understand is that 7th street, where the corridor is to be built, from the 7th st. interchange to the Holiday Inn, will become a low-speed frontage road, possibly 25-30 miles an hour. There will be no through traffic like we have today,” says Simpson.

Simpson says that, while the curve looks sharp now, that will change once an additional exit will be added before the completion of the corridor d project.

The Department of Highways also announces that there will be delays at the Seventh Street interchange of Corridor D, while construction crews place I-beams for the new overpass at that site.

The work is scheduled to begin Wednesday and continue for the next three weeks.