By Tina Alvey
Motorists will soon face a new wrinkle in the Greenbrier County seat’s traffic pattern, as the Division of Highways tests out a limited ban on left turns at Lewisburg’s busiest intersection next month.
With no long-term solutions to traffic congestion on U.S. 219 on the horizon, Mayor John Manchester said he met with state Division of Highways officials and persuaded them to agree to a one-month trial run to test the effectiveness of barring left turns during rush hours at the 219/U.S. 60 intersection in the center of town.
Addressing the audience at Tuesday evening’s city council meeting, the mayor pointed out that left turns have long been banned at the intersection during special events like the West Virginia State Fair and The Greenbrier Classic, a strategy that helps keep the heavy event-driven traffic flowing.
While temporary signs are placed in the roadway in the center of the intersection during those events to advise motorists of the left-turn ban, DOH has made new signs that will be affixed to the traffic signal yardarm for the upcoming month-long trial, Manchester said.
The experiment will begin Nov. 4 and continue through Nov. 29. Left turns will be prohibited at the intersection of Washington and Jefferson streets (U.S. 60 and 219, respectively) from 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday.
In a press release issued by the city Thursday, Manchester emphasized that this trial run is an “effort to improve traffic flow,” noting, “We appreciate the willingness of the public to test this possible solution, and we encourage feedback on the project.”
To comment on the ban during the test period, call the mayor at 304-645-2080.