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Safety upgrade set for youth complex

April 21, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. - In an attempt to improve road safety around a busy youth baseball complex behind Jefferson High School, plans are under way for a bike path in the area and the relocation of an entrance to the baseball fields, a county official said.

In some situations, visibility is restricted to less than 500 feet for motorists entering and exiting from the Little League baseball complex, according to Jefferson County Commissioner Greg Corliss.

It is believed the entrance may never have received proper approvals when it was built, Corliss said.

Under the improvement plan, the entrance to the Little League fields will be moved closer to the Shasta East subdivision to give better visibility, Corliss said.

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The work will be completed thanks to state Sen. Herb Snyder, who will provide the labor free from his business, Snyder Enterprises, Corliss said.

Snyder, D-Jefferson, also helped secure about $100,000 for the work, Corliss said during last Thursday's county commission meeting.

The project also includes building a bike path from the Little League complex to the Jefferson County Schools bus garage in nearby Shenandoah Junction, Corliss said.

The bike path is being built in an attempt to keep youth off the streets in the area, Corliss said.

The work is expected to be completed this summer, Corliss said.

The Little League complex is a bustling area that has seen a steady increase in youths participating in the baseball program over the years, Corliss said.

About 450 players currently are enrolled, Corliss said.

"They've been growing about 10 percent a year," Corliss said.

Snyder said Sunday that the $100,000 would come from the state Budget Digest. Snyder said he is "99 percent sure" he will get the money.

The budget digest is a set of directives legislative leaders annually give to state agencies telling them how to spend portions of their money.

Because the Little League complex is on property owned by the Jefferson County Board of Education, the school board will have to approve of the plan, Snyder said.

The bike path will be about 6 feet wide and will be 1,551 feet long, Snyder said.

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