FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
New Route Added to the “Morgantown Healthy Streets” Program
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - A new route is being added to the “Morgantown Healthy Streets” Initiative.
Beginning Wednesday, October 6th, Jackson Avenue will be closed to thru traffic from Grand Street to Jefferson Street. This “soft closure” is the fourth of the initiative, with Wagner Street, Western Avenue, and Demain Avenue being added in 2020.
A petition to add the route was submitted to the city’s Engineering Department by residents on Jackson Avenue. The petition was signed by 34 people who reside on or near Jackson Avenue or who utilize the street regularly for local purposes. The signatures represent 15, or 83 percent, of the 18 homes that front this stretch of Jackson Avenue, as well as 6 other nearby residents.
“The petition process has demonstrated strong community engagement with the pilot program, and we continue to receive requests for additional Healthy Streets,” said Staff Engineer Drew Gatlin. “We encourage anyone who wishes to designate a new Healthy Street to gather the written support of their neighbors.”
The city welcomes general feedback from the community on the Healthy Streets initiative, suggestions for additional Healthy Streets or changes to existing routes. Comments can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The city also seeks volunteers to be Healthy Street Captains. These volunteers will serve as “Block Captains”. Helping to monitor the streets, maintain signage, and report any concerns or conflicts that might arise. They may also help the city collect observational data. Citizens can visit the Morgantown Healthy Streets webpage at morgantownwv.gov/healthystreets to volunteer.