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Senator proposes bike path to Jefferson School Board

May 21, 2003|by DAVE McMILLION

charlestown@herald-mail.com

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - A state senator on Tuesday night gave the Jefferson County Board of Education his ideas for a paved path between Shenandoah Junction, W.Va., and a baseball complex behind Jefferson High School.

Sen. Herb Snyder, D-Jefferson, said the plan is an attempt to improve pedestrian safety in the area.

The path would run along Shenandoah Junction Road - or Route 20 - a dangerous road used by both motorists and pedestrians, Snyder said.

Snyder said a school cross-country team runs along the road, where there have been a number of car crashes.

To get foot traffic off the road, Snyder is proposing that a paved path be built along the road from the Jefferson County Schools bus garage in the Shenandoah Junction area to a Little League complex behind Jefferson High School.

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Snyder presented the plans to the Jefferson County Board of Education Tuesday night because the school system owns the property where the path would run.

School Board members voted to approve the project.

Snyder, who told the School Board he is almost certain he will secure $100,000 in state funds for the project, said he believes the path should be placed behind utility poles along Shenandoah Junction Road to improve safety for pedestrians.

Ditches could be built along the path to further protect pedestrians from passing traffic, Snyder said.

The project also involves moving the entrance to the Little League complex west along Shenandoah Junction Road to the entrance of the Shasta East subdivision, Snyder said.

County officials say the entrance to the Little League complex needs to be moved because visibility is restricted to less than 500 feet for motorists going into and out of the complex.

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