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Orphan road program offered

June 17, 1998

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - "Orphan road" application packages are now available at Division of Highway county headquarters locations throughout the state, according to Program Coordinator Janet Lemon.

If a road was in existence as of Jan. 1, is not maintained by any governmental agency and is one the public has a right to use, it may be eligible for the program if the right-of-way along the road is either dedicated or donated, Lemon said.

Roads must meet the criteria established for public roadways before they will be taken into the system.

The application package includes further instructions and telephone numbers to call for assistance for those who think their road qualifies for inclusion in the program, created by the Legislature earlier this year.

Designed to provide basic maintenance only, the orphan road program could include as many as 5,000 miles of roads of varying surface types previously ineligible for state maintenance.

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To obtain applications, write to Janet Lemon, Orphan Road Program, Division of Highways, Capitol Complex Building Five, 1900 Kanawha Boulevard East, Charleston, W.Va. 25305-0430, or visit these Division of Highways offices in the Eastern Panhandle:




HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Berkeley County: 591 Rock Cliff Drive, Martinsburg, W.Va.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Jefferson County: County Route 15, 3.2 miles west of the junction of County Routes 6 and 15/1 in Kearneysville, W.Va.

HEIGHT="6" ALT="* " NATURALSIZEFLAG="0" ALIGN="BOTTOM"> Morgan County: U.S. 522, Berkeley Springs, W.Va.

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