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Parking, speeding discussed in Weirton

WEIRTON – No parking areas and speed limits were among issues discussed by the city’s Traffic Commission during its meeting Thursday.

The commission, meeting both in-person and by phone, continued a previous discussion concerning a proposal from Ward 6 Councilman Enzo Fracasso on the extension of a yellow curb on Hillcrest, as well as the road’s intersection with Lane J.

Chairman Romie Castelli explained one of the issues is because of a group of three vehicles, near the top of a hill on the street, which has caused difficulties for some residents.

“That’s where he wants the yellow line, to the top of the hill,” Castelli said.

Commissioner Dave Guglielmo said he had visited the area between Jan. 5 and Jan. 7, speaking with some of the residents. Of five homes, he said, most were unaffected by the parking issue as they either had parking behind their homes or were able to park in a nearby vacant lot. He also said one of the residents had requested a stop sign be placed coming off of Lane J onto Hillcrest.

“They don’t really pay attention,” he said. “They don’t stop. They just roll right through it.”

Commissioners felt a full extension of the existing yellow line “no parking” area to the top of the hill, as requested, would cause more difficulties for residents. Instead, the commission is recommending setting up a no parking zone for 20 feet from the top of the hill.

“Eliminating one of those parking spaces should give the street better visibility,” Guglielmo said.

In other parking issues, the commission received a request from Ward 7 Councilman Terry Weigel to establish a permanent, year-round no parking zone on Laurel Circle.

“It’s a year-round instead of five to six months,” Castelli said, explaining currently parking is not allowed from Nov. 15 to April 15. “The residents would like to have permanent no parking.”

Commissioner Jan Hicks said it appeared as if all the affected residents had signed a petition in favor of the request.

Also during Thursday’s meeting, the commission:

Recommended a request from Ward 1 Councilman Tim Connell to reduce the speed limit on Overbrook Drive to 15 miles per hour

Recommended re-establishing a handicap parking space for 216 Lane St.

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