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Berkeley County to ask state for concrete barriers on I-81

April 05, 2001

Berkeley County to ask state for concrete barriers on I-81



By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Berkeley County commissioners will write state officials asking they install concrete "Jersey barriers" in the median between the lanes of traffic on Interstate 81 through the county.

State officials agreed to put up a cable barrier - three cables tied together with posts - instead of leaving a grassy median as the interstate is expanded from four lanes to six.

That did not satisfy County Sheriff Randy Smith, who told commissioners at their meeting Thursday night he had seen high jersey walls between Charleston and Huntington on a recent trip.

"If it's good enough for Charleston, it ought to be good enough for Berkeley County," said Smith.

"I am convinced a Jersey wall is the way to go," said Commissioner John Wright.

The commissioners had previously asked the state to install some kind of barrier, but were not specific.

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Commissioners will ask both for the concrete barriers and that the speed limit be lowered to 55 miles an hour through West Virginia. State officials refused a previous commission request to lower the limits.

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