James Rumsey Bridge open through 2003
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - A state Division of Highways official vowed Tuesday to keep the existing James Rumsey bridge open through 2003 when the new bridge is expected to be opened.
The highways department said last week that if the current bridge across the Potomac River continues to deteriorate, highway officials may be forced to limit commercial traffic on the bridge.
In a worse-case scenario, the bridge could be closed completely if deterioration of the bridge continues at a fast pace, said highways department spokesman Ben Hark.
The director of the engineering division of the highways department said Tuesday, however, the bridge will remain open.
The highways department will make any needed repairs to the bridge to make sure it remains open until 2003, when the department hopes to open the new bridge, said Jim Sothen.