CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A major intersection in the Sissonville area could see a safety improvement when a traffic light is installed at the intersection of Call Road and Sissonville Drive.
Call Road is the main artery from Exit 111 off Interstate 77 to Sissonville Drive and Sissonville High School.
Greater Sissonville Development Council Vice President Dana Ferrell told the council at its monthly meeting Monday that a state Division of Highways representative told him the traffic count at the intersection was enough to allow for extra traffic control.
"The data was there to warrant the stoplight," he said.
According to 2012 Department of Transportaiton numbers, around 5,650 cars exit and enter I-77 at Exit 111 (Tuppers Creek Road) every day, the majority of which are going to and from the south. Traffic counts from 2010 on Sissonville Drive (Kanawha 21) range from 3,200 to just under 5,000, depending on the location.
The light may be installed as early as next spring.
In other business, the council:
■ Was presented with a $6,000 Governor's Community Participation Grant to assist with the purchase of equipment for an emergency shelter at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. State Delegate Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, informed the council about the grant.
■ Discussed placing more signs along Interstate 77 directing traffic to points of interest in the Greater Sissonville area. The council's Public Highway Sign committee will meet in the next month and have recommendations for signs by the council's next meeting. Once the council has designs for the signs, it can move forward with discussions with the Division of Highways on placement and funding of the signs.
■ Discussed dilapidated properties around Sissonville and action that could be taken by other entities concerning said properties.
■ Discussed updating the council's website to include more information on community organizations, particularly churches and youth sports organizations.
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