Paving Turning Lane
Paving is underway Tuesday morning on the turning lane project at the S. Kanawha Street/College Avenue intersection.

The Miracle on South Kanawha Street: Paving on Route 20 turning lane project to wrap up this week


At last, the skies are blue – and clear enough to see an end to the Route 20 turning lane project in front of McDonald’s.

County and city residents might be getting what they most want for Christmas: an end to the traffic delays caused by the construction of the third turning lane onto College Avenue, a West Virginia Division of Highways official said Tuesday.

DOH District 7 supervisor Keith Loar said he expects paving on the $1.3 million project to wrap up by Wednesday evening, provided there’s no inclement weather.

“Right now, we’re working on widening the base layer of the asphalt,” Loar told My Buckhannon Tuesday morning. “We started that first layer yesterday, and we’re hoping to finish it up today (Tuesday, Dec. 11).”

Then, the DOH’s contractor, A.L.L. Construction of Mt. Storm, will add a second layer before applying the final ‘wearing course,’ or top coat of the asphalt, Loar said.

“I’m hoping to have all the paving completed by Wednesday evening,” he said. “That’s the plan.”

Pounding out the paving doesn’t mean crews will be completely done with work in the area, however, Loar said.

“They’ll still have to put down the pavement markings, the lines and arrows, and finish up the (traffic signal) lights,” he said.

Adjusting the LED stop light involves activating the radar, which will track the flow of traffic, and fine-tuning the timer on the lights, he added.

Once paving is complete, traffic won’t be limited to traveling through the intersection in only one lane every day; however, crews will still be in the area occasionally to put finishing touches on the undertaking, which began in February of this year.

Paving Turning Lane
Another shot of the paving of the turning lane project.

“There’s mulching and seeding to do, putting the fencing back up at the school (Buckhannon Academy Elementary School), so occasionally, one lane will be blocked, but it won’t be every day like it has been,” Loar said. “We’re eager to get out of everyone’s way.”

The DOH awarded the contract to the low bidder, A.L.L., in 2017. Work on the project dragged on past its April 20, 2018 deadline due to unruly weather and several adjustments that had to be made to the project plan after utilities were discovered in unexpected places.

City engineer Jay Hollen said he was happy to hear paving should be finished within the next couple days. Hollen said when complete, the turning lane will allow vehicles southbound on Route 20 to turn left onto College Avenue without interrupting the flow of traffic.

“It’s going to keep traffic in the north and southbound direction flowing without stopping the southbound traffic when someone needs to turn onto College,” Hollen told My Buckhannon Tuesday.

He noted a 2015 traffic study, which shows that an average of 15,536 cars pass through the intersection a day.

Paving Turning Lane



Board of Education votes to extend interim superintendent’s contract

BUCKHANNON – The contract of the interim superintendent of Upshur County Schools has been extended for one year. The Upshur County Board of Education on Tuesday voted 3-0 – with two abstentions – to extend the contract of interim superintendent […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

The Brushy Fork Event Center is ready to host everything from elegant weddings to corporate conferences. And when things don't go exactly as planned, the skilled staff is ready do what it takes to ensure every event is a success.

City ponders path forward as CVB relinquishes management of the Event Center at Brushy Fork

BUCKHANNON – Starting in April, a new entity will be managing the Event Center at Brushy Fork – but just who that will be remains in flux after a lengthy discussion at Buckhannon City Council’s meeting Thursday. The Upshur County […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Support Your Local Restaurants: The Links

By the Secret Chef If you believe life is too short to cook all the time (or maybe never 😉), The Links Restaurant located in the historic Buckhannon Country Club, now open to the public,


Wrestling Bucs split home tri with John Marshall and Oak Hill; prepare for Big 10 Conference championships this Friday and Saturday

BUCKHANNON – The Buckhannon-Upshur wrestling Bucs had one final tune-up before they hit the post season with a home tri-outing with John Marshall Monarchs and Oak Hill Red Devils this past weekend. The Bucs dropped a 45-24 decision to John […]

Become a premium member to unlock immediate access to this story — and thousands more. Free trial available! Signing up is easy — just tap the button below.

Basketball ‘Cats score season-low 38 points in loss to Salem

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Wesleyan men’s basketball team lost a non-conference matchup to Salem on Wednesday night 74-38. The Bobcats were held to their lowest point total of the season, shooting 17-64 (27%)

WVWC softball picked to win MEC South Divison

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. – Frostburg State and West Virginia Wesleyan have been picked to win divisional championships during the 2023 Mountain East Conference softball season following a vote of the league’s head coaches. Frostburg State has been picked