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Ready set here we go
February 1, 2010 - Heather Ziegler
The westbound lanes of the Wheeling Tunnel closed this morning with the normal fanfare, a few horns blowing and some unhappy drivers. However, WE have been telling you about this for months so it should be of no surprise. While planning alternative routes west into or past Wheeling were discussed in the office. It's amazing how many ways you can get to town if you live in Woodsdale or Elm Grove or Fulton. Of course you can travel Interstate 470 and get off on the interstate on the other side of Bethlehem hill or take I-70 west to the 16th Street/W.Va. 2 ramp to East Wheeling. For motorists not using the interstate, there is the obvious travel over Wheeling Hill, where at the top, you can go down Chapline Street or down short Market Street to Main Street. Or if you are really desperate at the top of the hill, you can drive up through North Park, down to W.Va. 2/Main Street. Also, in Fulton you can drive down past the Ohio County school bus garage on Fulton Street, around by the old Blaw Knox property and on into town via McColloch Street or the W.Va. south collector ramp. And if now deceased councilman Jim Gessler had gotten his way, there would still be a Manchester Bridge connecting Rock Point Road across the creek to East Wheeling which it once did. Rock Point Road was and still is an interesting road to travel. It's one of the few places "in the city" where you can see chickens running across the road. There are some homes and businesses along its route. You just have to know your way around town these days. I wish I could just walk to town on the jogging path but it's not very practical for me. Perhaps a bicycle would be best.....
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