Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 21, 2013

Brushfork intersection: Turn signal finally a reality

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — A long-requested turn signal has finally been installed at the dangerous intersection of U.S. Route 52 and state Route 123 in the Brushfork community of Mercer County. The addition of the green turn arrows for both northbound and southbound traffic should help to significantly improve safety at this heavily-traveled intersection.

All those who worked to make this urgently needed traffic signal upgrade a reality are to be applauded for their efforts. This includes West Virginia Division of Highways District 10 Administrator Tommy Camden, who oversaw and coordinated the intersection upgrade; Delegate Clif Moore, D-McDowell, who wrote and personally called state Highway Commissioner Paul Mattox to argue his case for green turn arrows; and last but not least, those motorists who travel Route 52 on a daily basis who were not afraid to let their voices be heard — whether it was through multiple letters to the editor, Facebook postings to this newspaper’s website or through phone calls to area lawmakers.

Your voices were heard. The DOH listened, and responded to our plea for help. A dangerous intersection is now safer thanks to your efforts.

The Brushfork intersection has been the site of multiple accidents in recent years. The addition of green turn arrows for both northbound and southbound traffic will help to improve safety and traffic flow in the Brushfork area.

“There will be green turn arrows for both the road leading to the armory and Airport Road,” Camden said. “If you are turning south, you will get a left turn arrow onto the Airport Road, and if you are traveling north, or in another words coming down the hill, you will get a turn signal to Brushfork Road. Obviously, it is our sincere hope that it will improve the safety of the traveling public on Route 52.”

Camden said motorists traveling Route 52 are asked to be alert to the traffic signal change.

“I just want to caution people to now be aware of the fact that it (the green turn arrow) is now there, and it will change our driving habits to some degree,” Camden said.

And while the green turn arrows will help make the intersection a lot safer, Camden correctly notes that it is still up to motorists to obey the posted speed limit, slow down in advance of the intersection, stop for the red light and drive safely.

We agree. All motorists should exercise caution while on the road at all times. It’s also important to obey the speed limit — particularly on dangerous corridors like Route 52.

But the addition of the long-requested green turn arrows at the Brushfork intersection will help to make this busy corridor a lot safer.

Now, motorists will no longer have to turn into the path of incoming traffic to reach the Airport Road, or Brushfork-Falls Mill Road. Instead, both northbound and southbound traffic will be directed as to when to turn by green arrows.

All motorists should take note of the traffic pattern change. Slow down. Obey the new turn signals.