MORGANTOWN — Creeping along in rush hour traffic on the Mileground will soon be a problem of yesterday.

At least that is the hope with the latest efforts of the Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Organization (MMMPO) and West Virginia Division of Highways (DOH). Work has already begun where the Mileground meets the intersection of Easton Hill, Cheat and Point Marion roads.

A contract of $5.4 million was awarded to Mountaineer Contractors last September, and now earth is being moved and equipment staged for the installation of a roomier, better aligned version of the awkward junction this summer.

Bill Austin, executive director of the MMMPO, said the alignment of Cheat Road and the Mileground will be a noticeable improvement for motorists.

“They’re reconfiguring that intersection so that the main movement becomes oriented to Cheat Lake,” Austin said. “So it’s practically going to be a free-flow movement in that direction now.”

Austin added that he is also looking forward to updating the Mileground throughway as a whole, once the new intersection is up and running.

“The intersection is only part of the bottleneck; the work on the center section of the Mileground will span between North Point Plaza up to the new roundabout. That will be 2018 to 2019 work,” Austin said.

Work at the intersection is on schedule and slated to be complete by October 2017.

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