Beginning Jan. 25, a section of Gorman Avenue that runs in front of Davis Medical Center in Elkins will close to through traffic.
According to Davis Health System leadership, traffic and vehicular speeding on Gorman Avenue has increased putting patients’ safety at risk. This is especially the case for patients with mobility problems. Crosswalks and speed bumps have not done enough to deter vehicles from being driven too fast on the road section, leadership members advised City of Elkins officials.
Davis Medical Center patients will be routed to the medical center parking area from existing entrances along Martin Street and Main Street. Individual and commercial traffic will need to take alternate routes around the road section.
“The road closure is solely for the safety of our patients and employees,” said Vance Jackson, CEO. “We have patients who stop along Gorman Avenue to drop off and pick up family members. Some vehicles do not even slow down to allow people to cross the road. It’s just become too dangerous.”
The DMC MarketPlace and Starbucks WPS parking is accessible from entrances along Reed and Main Streets.
New traffic signage along Gorman Avenue will be installed before Jan. 25.