Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 20, 2013

Route 52 and 123 intersection gets turn arrows, safer traffic

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

BRUSHFORK — A local hazardous intersection won’t be so hazardous anymore.

The intersection of U.S. Route 52 and state Route 123 in the Brushfork community now has green turn arrows. And this will make the heavily traveled intersection a lot safer, according to local authorities.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Sgt. D.W. Miller of the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment said. “We have had several accidents in recent months, some of which have been bad.”

It will be a lot safer now for people making the left hand turn, Miller said.

“This is going to help us a lot with accidents,” Sheriff Don Meadows added. “It will take some time for people to get used to it being there, but I am glad they finally decided to do it. It is long overdue, it should have been there years ago,” Meadows said.

Skip Crane, vice president of the Bluewell Improvement Association, said, “I predict it is going to make a huge difference.”

Crane said residents in Bluewell are very grateful for the light. He said it has been needed for a long time.

Delegate Clif Moore, D-McDowell, asked state Highway Commissioner Paul Mattox to install a green turn arrow at the intersection earlier this year.

“This is a perfect example of how government is supposed to work,” Moore said. “Unlike D.C., the government not only heard, but acted.”

Moore said Mattox was willing to listen, and react, to the local concern.

“Paul understood the need, he understood the safety issue, and they responded,” Moore said. “I just think again it’s a prime example of how government is supposed to be responsive to its citizens.”

Moore said Delegate Linda Goode-Phillips, D-Wyoming; Delegate Marty Gearheart, R-Mercer; Delegate Joe Ellington, R-Mercer; Delegate John Shott, R-Mercer; Sen. Bill Cole, R-Mercer; and Sen. Truman Chafin, D-Mingo, all helped in persuading the DOH to act on the traffic signal upgrade.

Assistant Manager Editor Charles Owens contributed to this story.