DOH plans safety fixes for I-68, I-79 interchange

MORGANTOWN (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Highways says it will improve signs, lighting and road reflectors as part of a plan to make the interchange of Interstates 69 and 79 safer.

The DOH also plans to use a high-friction treatment on the pavement of the interchange near Morgantown.

Media outlets say a road safety audit found that an average of 26 accidents occur in the interchange each year, mostly when the pavement is wet.

Monongalia County Sheriff Al Kisner says speed is a key reason. People coming off I-79 often don’t realize how sharp the turn is as they go onto I-68.

Kisner said he hopes the DOH measures will reduce the crashes. It’s unclear when the changes will begin.

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