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I-81 center will get new sewage plant

December 07, 2000

I-81 center will get new sewage plant



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The sewage treatment plant at the Interstate 81 welcome center in Marlowe, W.Va., will be replaced, a state Division of Highways spokeswoman said.

The current system at the welcome center is more than 30 years old and is outdated, said Carol Melling.

In addition, an increased amount of traffic on I-81 will require that it be replaced, Melling said.

The project is projected to cost between $350,000 and $400,000, Melling said.

The highways department will begin accepting bids for the work Tuesday.

The busy rest area will not have to be closed to put in the new system, said Bob Amtower, district engineer for the highways department.

The existing sewage system will be used while the new one is being completed, and then a switch will be made, Amtower said.

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It is not clear when construction will begin on the project or how long it will take to build, Melling said.

The welcome center has its own sewage treatment system because public sewer does not extend to the rest stop, which is at the West Virginia and Maryland state line along the southbound lane of I-81.

A second rest stop is in the northbound lane near Bunker Hill in the southern part of the county.

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