By DON AINES
Staff Writer, Martinsburg
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - For the past several weeks, construction crews have been churning up land along Interstate 81 north of Martinsburg, preparing to lay several miles of new water mains for the Opequon Public Service District.
General Manager Richard Beegle said work on the $2.4 million project began in mid-June, about a month after the contract was awarded to the Charles E. Brake Co. of St. Thomas, Pa. The construction of the 23,500 feet of 24-inch water mains should be completed before the year is out, Beegle said.
"It goes from our new water treatment plant to the Woodbrier Golf Course area, where it will tie into some other existing large mains," Beegle said. Bruce Dorsey, the chairman of the board for the public utility, said the line's path along I-81 is designed "to meet the increased demand because of the tremendous growth in the area," particularly for industries.