W.Va. 9 widening project closer to fruition
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - The widening of W.Va. 9 from two lanes to four lanes is about to begin, West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise said Wednesday.
Next month, the state Division of Highways is expected to award a contract to clear land between Cattail Run and U.S. 340 for the highway, Wise said in a statement released late Wednesday.
Work could begin as early as June, Wise said.
Bill Case, spokesman for Wise, said he could not provide more details.
Fred VanKirk, the secretary of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, considers this to be just the beginning of the construction, Case said.
The highway department plans to widen W.Va. 9 to four lanes from the Virginia line to Martinsburg. The first phase will be a segment between the Virginia line and Charles Town, which will be built north of the existing W.Va. 9 and will begin at the Charles Town Bypass near Belvedere Heights.