Part of the problem is the U.S. 35-Buffalo Bridge intersection was not supposed to be a permanent one.
In June 2009, officials opened a nine-mile, four-lane section of U.S. 35 from Interstate 64 to about a mile from the Buffalo Bridge.
There the road becomes two lanes and diverts to merge with W.Va. 817 near the bridge.
Highways officials had hoped to begin expansion of the final 14-mile portion of U.S. 35 after that four-lane section was opened, but the project was placed on indefinite hold when lawmakers rejected a financing plan involving tolls in early 2011.
Although the toll plan failed, state highways officials still are looking for ways to fund construction of the final four-lane section.
And since completion of U.S. 35 remains a priority, officials hesitate to spend money on significant changes to the existing Buffalo Bridge intersection.
"At this time, there are no plans to make any major changes to the intersection of the new stretch of U.S. 35 and the Buffalo Bridge," said Carrie Bly, spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation.
But Bly said that doesn't mean engineers aren't working to improve safety at the intersection.
"The WVDOH Traffic Engineering Division continues to monitor crash data and discuss the placement of more signage or safety measures along the roadway," she said.
Bly said one option could be placing sensors in the road to detect trucks approaching at higher speeds. The sensors would activate lights and signage warning the driver to slow down.
Lipscomb said that might work to a degree.
"If they would put more warning lights and warning signs at the top of the hill - something flashing - it might help," he said.
Writer Kara Moore contributed to this report.
Contact writer Jared Hunt at busin...@dailymail.com or 304-348-4836.
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