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.