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I-81 interchange approved

August 21, 1998

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - West Virginia's Division of Highways has selected a preferred alternative alignment for a new Interstate 81 interchange to improve access to Dry Run Road in Martinsburg, according to a press release from Gov. Cecil H. Underwood.

Alternative 2C was chosen from seven alternatives presented at a public hearing in May in Martinsburg, according to the release.

The proposal calls for four, one-way diagonal ramps for a diamond interchange (Exit 14) near Dry Run Road's existing crossing of I-81 near City Hospital.

In addition to a small relocation of Dry Run Road on the hospital property and a connector linking Hickory Lane to Paradise Avenue, the project would provide local access to Dry Run and Welltown roads.

The diamond interchange would cost about $10 million, a federal highway official said last year.

Other options that were being considered included improving the existing roads to the hospital and construction of a service road between exits 13 and 16.

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