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Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission

Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission

Founded October 1 1969, BHJ's missions is “to promote intergovernmental communication, cooperation, and collaboration on issues with a greater than local impact.”

When we talk about the fate of the Market Street Bridge, we need to talk about its role in the long-term sustainability of our city. For decades, thousands of cyclists have crossed the Market Street Bridge as the vital connection between Ohio and West Virginia on the Great American Rail Trail. In fact, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) specifically called on Steubenville to preserve the bridge for the sake of pedestrians and cyclists in their 2023 route analysis. The December closure of this historic landmark has upset many. One bikepacker named Thomas whom we met on Monday––cycling across the country to raise money for World Bicycle Relief––was forced to ride on US22 to reach Ohio due to the closure. He says, "Had to cross the Ohio River into Steubenville, Ohio via the freeway. Nerve-wracking, because of safety and because I didn't want to encounter a cop. Being a pedestrian on a freeway, you feel how it's all monstrously oversized for a human, designed for bodily-impossible speeds; and the oversizing is reflected in the garbage accumulating on the shoulders: larger debris is removed to keep the road open, but all these other scraps of machine dandruff become relatively small, and thus acceptable to remain riddling the path. In this state of heightened anxiety I misjudged how far I had gone and what I had crossed over as I took an exit for "Downtown" and then realized it was a different town still on the east side of the river. Whoopsie daisy. Back onto the freeway to actually cross the river. On the actual bridge there was road construction and only one lane with absolutely no shoulder room. I stood there at the mouth of the single lane for a moment, cars rattling past, contemplating how this could possibly work, or if I would need to turn around and go miles away to another bridge. I looked back over my shoulder and saw no approaching cars, so I immediately launched forward as fast as I could." (Day 9/Monday, May 6th 2024). Imagine a future where Steubenville is nationally recognized for supporting cross-country charitable rides, in addition to local trips between the great states of the Ohio River Valley. We urge Jefferson County and the City of Steubenville leaders to unanimously and publicly agree to preserve the bridge, and work with the WVDOH from this position of preservation. Let's preserve and improve the Market Street Bridge.Link to Thomas' blog and World Bicycle Relief: www.powerofbicycles.org/fundraisers/thomasbockenhauer Photo Credit: The Herald Star: www.heraldstaronline.com/news/local-news/2024/05/bhj-leader-updates-follansbee-council-on-market-… See MoreSee Less
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A Road Diet is a roadway reconfiguration that increases safety and livability at a low cost. Implementing Road Diets improves mobility and accessibility for all users, including pedestrians and bicyclists. For more information on Road Diet policies, planning, and usage.A longer version of this video can be found here: See MoreSee Less
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