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To be repaved

U.S. 340

June 03, 1998|By CLYDE FORD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - U.S. 340 between Charles Town and Harpers Ferry, W.Va., a popular stretch of highway for commuters heading for the Washington, D.C., area, will get a new surface this summer, state officials said.

The West Virginia Division of Highways will start the $2.5 million project in mid-summer and it is expected to be complete by the end of the year, said Del. John Doyle, D-Jefferson.

The four-lane, four-mile stretch of highway was built 30 years ago and has only received patchwork repairs since, Doyle said.

Doyle said he and Del. Dale Manuel, D-Jefferson, have worked for two years to get U.S. 340 resurfaced.

Manuel said that he and Doyle received numerous complaints from residents about the highway's surface.

Two people complained that the highway's rough surface knocked their cars out of alignment, Manuel said.

"Many of our constituents have complained about the 'bumpity bumpity bump' as they travel that road and we can say to them within a very few months that will be over," Doyle said in a prepared statement.

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Manuel said he also expects the Division of Highways to complete a study soon on improving Flowing Springs Road, which runs from Charles Town to W.Va. 230.

The project could start later this summer and is expected to cost more than $1.5 million, Manuel said.

The narrow, two-lane road once ran through rural farmland but has seen a large increase in traffic as those fields have been converted into housing subdivisions, Manuel said.

The work is expected to improve the grading of the road and the curves to make it safer, Manuel said.

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