Developer: Tanyard Station traffic to improve
BARBOURSVILLE — One problem with retail development construction is there can be traffic congestion issues while new lanes, road widening and new traffic signals are still being worked on.
This is the case currently with the traffic around the new Tanyard Station retail development in Barboursville. Since businesses began opening at the site in the fall last year, traffic is often backed up on both U.S. 60 and on Big Ben Bowen Highway.
Developers of the project say that sometime in the spring, traffic congestion around the massive retail development site should be greatly improved.
“All of the road and traffic upgrades for Tanyard Station have not been completed,” said Brent Roswall, a native of Barboursville and co-owner of Interstate Realty, the company developing the site.
Tanyard Station is on the 51.73-acre site of the former CSX railroad yard off Exit 18 of Interstate 64, along the Mud River and Tanyard Branch Creek. It is sandwiched in between the Merritt Creek Farm shopping center and the Huntington Mall.
Roswall says once lanes are added and all the traffic signals are installed and operational, traffic flow in the area will be vastly improved.
“When all of the work is complete there will be two left-turn lanes from Highway 193 onto U.S. 60 east, one
through lane to Tanyard Station and one right turn lane onto U.S. 60 west,” said Kim Hodge, project manager for Interstate Development.
“If traveling west on U.S. 60, at the main intersection, there will be one left turn into Tanyard Station, two through lanes continuing straight on U.S. 60 east and one right turn lane onto Highway 193,” Hodge explained. “If traveling east on U.S. 60, at the main intersection, there will be two left turn lanes onto Highway193, two through lanes continuing straight on U.S. 60 west and one right-turn lane into Tanyard Station.”
The work currently in place is the widening of the south side of U.S. 60, she said.
“Although widening has been completed and binder is in place, the south side lacks the final coat of asphalt,” Hodge said. “So, current striping is temporary and the turning lane going east into Tanyard Station has not been opened. All other access roads to Tanyard Station on the south side (eastbound) are open.”
Hodge says once all work is complete the signals will be operational for all lanes.
Roswall added that the Guyan/Mud River traffic signal is not operational, but should be soon.
“This will also improve traffic flow in the area,” he said. “And once the all the traffic signals are installed they will be timed to work together.”
Roswall says the West Virginia Division of Highways is in charge of the signals.
“They continue to adjust timing in an effort to improve traffic during this interim period,” Hodge said.
Hodge added that the work on the north side (westbound) had only just begun with excavation to widen this side when weather interfered.
“The contractor has advised that they plan to return as soon as weather allows, anticipating mid-March to April 1,” she said.
Also, the right in and out roadway between Sheetz and Longhorn Steakhouse is still be worked on, Hodge said.
Roswall said traffic study plans for the development were done by a certified traffic engineer and approved by the West Virginia Division of Highways.
“We still have road and traffic upgrades to do,” he said. “We shut down the paving projects for the winter and will start them back in the spring and they should also be finished sometime in the spring.”
Barboursville Mayor Chris Tatum said once all estimated $9 million in road and traffic upgrades are completed at Tanyard Station, he also believes the current traffic congestion around the site will be vastly improved.
“If you look at all the road work and traffic upgrades still to be done, you can see that once these are completed it will improve the congestion and traffic flow there,” he said.
Tatum added the state’s road bond projects also include road improvements in Barboursville to W.Va. 2, Interstate 64 and the widening of Mall Road.
“I just ask everyone to have patience, because when all these upgrades are done traffic should flow in and out of these areas very well,” he said.
Currently, there are six businesses open at Tanyard Station that include Aldi, Sheetz, Aspen Dental, Verizon Wireless, Longhorn Steakhouse and Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes and Fries. Sports Clips and Zen Nails and Spa have also announced they are coming to the retail development, but have yet to release any opening dates. Menards is scheduled begin construction in the spring, Roswall said.
Roswall said he is in talks with national tenants to build on the second phase of development.
“We are in discussions, but have not finalized any deals and will not be able to make announcements until the leases are signed,” he said.
Tanyard Station’s website shows a site plan, which includes showing a large “wholesale” tenant on the backside of the property, along with space for two hotels. There also appears to be a fueling station across U.S. 60.
However, Roswall said the site plan can and will change many times before the project is completed.
“I have done multiple site plans from time to time, and this is used for reaching out to tenants to see if they are interested in Tanyard, but it does not mean the deals are done,” Roswall explained.
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