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Local authorities propose speed limit change on two mile hill

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OHIO COUNTY, W.Va. -

 More than a week after a huge wreck on Interstate 70, authorities said there needs to be a change. The Ohio County sheriff told 7News he is proposing a big move to make 2-mile hill safer for you. 

Local drivers said that traveling on I-70 2-mile hill area can be stressful and confusing.  "Either way, it's always traffic," said Gunner Usenick of Wheeling.

Ohio County Sheriff Pat Butler said recent accidents are only some of the problems that go on in that area. The current speed limit is 65 miles per hour.

"You know I've been going up and down that hill for 40 years and it's always been a bad accident prone place, so slower speed should be better," said Brad Young of St. Clairsville.

Local drivers said sometimes they are discouraged to go to the highlands because of traffic and accidents.

"More police presence and maybe a lower speed limit going down the hill," Usenick said.

After local authorities clocked a driver going 102 miles per hour in that area, the sheriff said, it is definitely time for a change. The sheriff is proposing the limit be set at 55 miles per hour.

"Definitely lower the speed limit. I think it's at 65 now and based on that accident the other day, I think it ought to go down to 60 or 55. And, keep it that way all the way east into Pennsylvania don't change it back and forth 3 times," said Young.

"Maybe 55, because of all the semis," said Usenick.

7News will continue to keep you updated if the proposal is considered by the West Virginia department of transportation.

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