Construct elevated walkways for pedestrian safety at Patteson Dr-Morrill Way intersection

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The intersection of Patteson Drive and Morrill Way near the entrance to the Evansdale Crossing has been the site of multiple pedestrian-vehicle incidents over the past several years. On Feb 1st, 2018, we lost fellow Mountaineer and West Virginian Leah Berhanu in a pedestrian-vehicle accident at the dangerous intersection. Multiple pedestrians have been injured along the Patteson Dr./Morrill Way crosswalk, and consistent casualties in one location is unacceptable. Leah's death was one too many.

This intersection is under the jurisdiction of the West Virginia Division of Highways (WVDOH). The City of Morgantown is interested in constructing elevated walkways at the intersection (similar to the one found between the Business & Economics building and Oglebay Hall along University Avenue); which would significantly reduce the number of casualties at the intersection. This change, however, must first receive permission from WVDOH; which this petition is requiring.

We ask that WVDOH commits to making these changes to the intersection; or relinquish the rights to that intersection to the City of Morgantown, if unwilling to provide change. The City of Morgantown would possess strong community support and ensure necessary crosswalk changes are made to protect the lives of pedestrians.

Take a stand for the safety of our WVU students and Morgantown community members who commute across that intersection on a daily basis by signing this petition. To express your concerns directly you can contact the District 4 Engineer Donald Williams (, and DOH Commissioner and Secretary of Transportation Tom Smith (

Thank you for your support in helping ensure the safety of all pedestrians.

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