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I-81 bridge in Falling Waters to be replaced

January 31, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The bridge over Falling Waters has been added to the list of Interstate 81 construction projects scheduled to begin this spring.

State highway workers will replace the I-81 Falling Waters bridge south of the U.S. 11 interchange with a six-lane span to allow future widening of the interstate, said West Virginia Division of Highways spokeswoman Carol Melling.

The project is expected to cost $3 million, and the bridge work could began as early as March. Completion is expected in spring 2000, Melling said.

The bridge replacement will be done in three phases and will use the road shoulders and the median to prevent traffic backups on I-81, she said.

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The I-81 Falling Waters project is the latest in several state highway projects to accommodate the development boom in the Eastern Panhandle.

Other Division of Highways projects set to begin this year include:

* Widening the King Street bridge over I-81 from two to five lanes.

* A $4 million improvement to the W.Va. 9 interchange of I-81.

* Adding an extra lane in both directions to a two-mile stretch of I-81 between King Street and W.Va. 9.

* Construction of a $6.5 million exit interchange from I-81 to the Martinsburg City Hospital.

The projects are part of a $700 million construction program for 1999 on West Virginia highways, according to a statement from Gov. Cecil H. Underwood.

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