First and foremost, before I write anything else this morning, I want to thank the West Virginia Department of Highways for the new traffic pattern at intersection of State Route 259 (259) and State Route 55 (55) North end of Wardensville. I’ve written about the danger of that intersection on several occasions. In past sixty years my family has been involved in three accidents there that I can remember. I’ve seen several others.
The new pattern is same solution I’ve recommended. It guides vehicles to a “T” intersection onto 259 from 55 which eliminates the terribly awkward “look back” for oncoming traffic the old pattern necessitated. I’ve used the short cutoff, now a part of new pattern, for years prior to recent change. My older stiffer body appreciates the release of strain in attempting to look back over my shoulder North on 259.
Two possible problems to address, one of them obvious. Vehicles turning East onto 55 may have a hard time getting past vehicles waiting to enter 259 from 55. Those which stop at the intersection may need to be backed up a bit more so that fewer left front fenders get scraped by sharp turning vehicles.
[private] Another partial solution to the turning onto 55 problem might be to encourage turning off 259 back at the Industrial Park cut-off road. A couple consecutive signs North of the Industrial Park Access might suggest that detour be taken rather than proceeding to the actual modified intersection.
The other possible problem with new intersection is obliteration of an important boundary corner to the Town of Wardensville. I surveyed the Town early 1980s. As I remember that corner simply called for a point or “stake” at the highway intersection.
Normally that point would be relocated at intersection of the centerlines of the respective highways. I found no monument marking that corner and centerlines have likely changed considerably, particularly with the recent change in traffic pattern. My survey calculations based upon bearings and distances before and after that corner suggested prior surveyor, unaware of necessity for monumenting centerlines intersection, had established the corner in the small triangular stone outlined, flower bed now covered with asphalt.
In town’s description, corner prior to the intersection was a pile of stones on Anderson’s Ridge above Frye Spring. Last I checked, that corner was present and identifiable. Corner following the intersection was another point or stake and next corner was a tree on the bank of Cacapon river which I could not identify. In short, that end of Wardensville was lacking accurate definition then and I’d guess the situation may have worsened by construction of the new traffic pattern.
Further surveys and definition of corners of which I am unaware have no doubt been made and are being relied upon for public governance. I hope so. Simple magnetic bearings and measured linear distances are very unreliable in reestablishment of boundary lines when they were made without benefit of hard established beginning and ending points.
The survey I undertook in early eighties was for purpose of possible annexation of more property to the town of Wardensville. Reestablishment of actual property boundaries was not deemed necessary or asked for. I was commissioned to simply outline present town boundaries and accurately describe new natural boundaries for the proposed annexation. I was commissioned and paid by the Town of Wardensville.