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Firm awarded contract for plant

December 19, 2000

Firm awarded contract for plant



By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Fairmont, W.Va., firm has been awarded a contract to build a new sewage treatment plant at the Interstate 81 welcome center near Marlowe, a state Division of Highways spokeswoman said.

Green River LLC submitted the low bid of $573,000 to do the work, said Highways Spokeswoman Carol Melling.

Work could begin in the spring, Melling said, but the time is uncertain.

The current system at the welcome center is more than 30 years old and has become outdated, said Melling.

Not only is the system outdated, but growing traffic on I-81 will require that it be replaced, Melling said.

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

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, at which time they will be switched, Amtower said.

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

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

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