Corridor G was designed to be a high-speed connection of Charleston with the southern coalfields, giving people in Southern West Virginia greater access to the state capital.
In the commercial sense, the corridor has been an overwhelming success. Ask any driver trying to leave the shopping centers how overwhelming, and you'll get an earful.
Overflowing traffic to and from shops along the
corridor is so bad that THF Realty, which owns the Shoppes at Trace Fork, must hire police officers to direct traffic during peak hours.
One suggestion for relieving the congestion is to connect Trace Fork with Jefferson Road so people can avoid Corridor G.
The state bought property from South Charleston near its ice rink to build a Jefferson Road connection to RHL Boulevard, which runs to the Trace Fork complex. Such a direct route would ease congestion, lower blood pressures and make Christmas shopping a little more enjoyable next year.
The half-mile project would cost $10 million.
But the Trace Fork-Jefferson Road project is one of many at the state Department of Transportation and the state is looking first at traffic on Jefferson Road to MacCorkle Avenue, DOH spokesman Brent Walker said.
It's admirable that state traffic planners want to make sure they solve the whole problem the right way the first time.
Certainly, for a retailer, being overwhelmed by traffic is better than having no traffic.
Perhaps, if cost becomes an object of contention, the developers could help solve the problem.
Public-private partnerships are not unknown in the state.