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State police to finish complex in Jefferson

January 13, 1999

BY DAVE MCMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town

BARDANE, W.Va. - West Virginia State Police officials say they are ready to complete a new complex that had been delayed by lack of money.

The new facility will house the Jefferson County detachment of the state police and some administration offices currently located in Martinsburg.

The building is also where the state police will service all patrol cars from Eastern Panhandle detachments, said Sgt. Sid Sponaugle, commander of the detachments in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan Counties.

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Construction of the new complex, next to the current detachment off Wiltshire Road, started about five years ago. Much of the exterior work, including walls and a roof, were completed.

But a lack of money prevented completion of the building, Sponaugle said.

State police have been advertising for bids to complete the building, and hope to have a contract by mid-February, Sponaugle said.

The work will take about a year.

Sponaugle declined to say how much the second phase of work will cost for fear it will influence the bidding process.

The new facility is being built as part of a reorganization process and to prepare the state police for future growth.

An earlier proposal to include a driver's testing range at the new complex has been dropped, Sponaugle said.

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