CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A plan to put in an access road to relieve traffic congestion at the Trace Fork shopping plaza on Corridor G has stalled while state officials study traffic in the area.
The state bought property from the City of South Charleston for the possibility of building the entrance from the end of RHL Boulevard next to the South Charleston Memorial Ice Rink and down a ridge, where it would connect with Jefferson Road near the city's public works department.
That plan has slowed down so that officials can study the traffic from Jefferson to MacCorkle avenues in South Charleston, DOT spokesman Brent Walker said.
Walker said there's a timeline for construction of the road.
"The study phase is just the first phase," he said. "It's at the beginning, so we have done some studies and designs on RHL Boulevard but decided to wait until we complete the study on Jefferson Road to MacCorkle Avenue."
The state has not funded the access road, he said. The half-mile stretch of road would cost around $10 million, according to previous Gazette reports.
The state will need to do a traffic study and an environmental study, he said. Officials also will look for other solutions to the traffic congestion, Walker said.
U.S. Rep. Shelley Moore Capito has secured about $1 million for property acquisition and design work for the road, according to previous Gazette reports.