U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) has announced that the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH) has agreed to construct access improvements along U.S. Route 52 to address safety concerns associated with the railroad crossing near the new Wyoming County School at Lizard Creek, which is scheduled to open this fall.
“I was glad to pull stakeholders together to address the understandable safety concerns expressed by school staff and local families with respect to the dangers posed by the rail crossing near the entrance to the new school at Lizard Creek,” said Rahall, top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. “It is a testament to the can-do attitude of West Virginians that all parties agreed this project needed to be done right and done quickly. I applaud Secretary Mattox for his swift action.”
Rahall worked closely with West Virginia Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox and brought county school officials and state and local elected leaders together to meet with representatives of Norfolk Southern Railroad to explore options for addressing the safety of travel to and from the school.
According to WVDOH, construction will begin this week on the project which includes grade and drainage improvements, enhanced sight distance, and the placement of a new, signalized crossing designed to help ensure the safe transit of school buses from Route 52 onto the school roadway. The Division of Highways is coordinating with Norfolk Southern Railroad to complete this project prior to the beginning of the school year this fall.
“Our concern is and always will be the safety of those utilizing our roadways and we have committed above and beyond our mission to take the appropriate actions to ensure the safe passage of the Wyoming County school children,” said Jimmy Wriston, P. E., Senior Engineering Advisor, Office of the West Virginia Secretary of Transportation.