DOH begins Lewisburg Elementary turning lane

LEWISBURG (WVDN) – A new turning lane for Lewisburg Elementary School is in the works.

Jim Moore, acting District 9 engineer with the West Virginia Division of Highways, explained the scope of the project.

“The new right-turn-lane construction is just in the immediate vicinity of the elementary school entrance,” said Moore. “However, the overall resurfacing is 3.69 miles long, beginning 0.71 mile west of CO 40 (Bungers Mill Road) and ending 0.51 mile east of CO 60/19 (McElhenney Road).”

The new lane is not the only adjustment to the road.

“The pavement markings will be changed to improve the traffic pattern,” Moore said. “The truck climbing lane entering town will be eliminated. New pavement markings will be installed to create a designated left-turn-lane into Lewisburg Elementary school and then a combined center-left-turn lane to improve access to other businesses along the route.”

Road construction begins near Lewisburg Elementary School.

Greenbrier County Schools Superintendent of Schools Jeff Bryant celebrated the new construction.

“This new turn in lane for LES will provide a greater level of safety for LES students, parents/caregivers, and the community by alleviating the present high level of volume of traffic on Rt. 60 during early morning student drop off and afternoon pick up of students,” said Bryant.

Bryant also explained how the process got started.

“Greenbrier County Schools director of safety and security [Vince Deeds] introduced the need for the turn in lane for LES to Lewisburg Police Department Chief Chris Tuebert, who in turn presented the recommendation to DOH,” Bryant explained. “Greenbrier County Schools is grateful for the efforts of Lewisburg PD and the local DOH office and personnel.”

After beginning on Monday, April 4, Moore explained crews “will be cutting back an embankment, undercutting the existing shoulder and installing the aggregate base course for the new turn lane. We anticipate this phase being complete by April 15, weather permitting … We anticipate paving being complete by May 14.”

The project totals $1,250,000 and “is funded from the General Fund Surplus program.”

Crews begin work on Rt. 60’s new turning lane.

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