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Posted on: December 3, 2018

City of Morgantown Makes Improvements to Hazardous Intersection

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The City of Morgantown Public Works and Engineering Departments recently worked with Donegal Construction Company to address slick roadway conditions on Hampton Avenue at the intersection with Darst Street.

The high traffic intersection is prone to downhill wet weather accidents. Donegal Construction used a technique called micro-milling, which mechanically creates grooves in the road’s surface to increase friction and keep vehicles on the roadway. Since micro-milling can be performed even when the temperatures drop, the micro-milling will provide additional friction for vehicles throughout the winter.

 This site is one of a handful of locations where the City hopes to utilize the innovative High friction surface treatment paving to address wet weather high crash sites. High friction surface treatments are pavement treatments that dramatically and immediately reduce crashes by helping motorists maintain control in wet weather conditions. Once the weather allows for it in the Spring, the City will begin paving these areas.

 The Public Works Department also installed Slippery When Wet signage at the site to warn motorists of potentially slick conditions.

The City is hoping that with these improvements there will be a decrease in the amount of accidents that occur at this.

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