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State plans to install new traffic lights in Panhandle

November 29, 2004|by DAVE McMILLION

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - State highway officials are preparing to install two traffic signals in Berkeley and Jefferson counties to improve traffic safety.

The projects will be included in the Dec. 14 bidding, Gov. Bob Wise said in a news release.

The Berkeley County contract calls for a signal at the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 901 at Spring Mills Middle School, according to a press release from the state Division of Highways.

The signal is designed to improve access to the school, the release said.

The second traffic signal will be installed on U.S. 340 at Prospect Avenue near Charles Town Races & Slots, the release said.

The signal will be designed to improve access to the thoroughbred track, the release said.

Track officials said earlier in the year they had filed paperwork with county and state officials for permission to build a new four-lane entrance to the track off U.S. 340.

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The main entrance to the track is currently along West Washington Street, which is a two-lane road with a center turn lane.

Congestion is often a problem at the entrance when patrons leave the track after live racing, track officials said.

The four-lane entrance would extend off U.S. 340 a short distance west of the Sheetz store at the intersection of U.S. 340 and Flowing Springs Road, track officials said.

From U.S. 340, the new road would cut behind Jefferson Security Bank, Charles Town Athletic Club and the Turf Motel, track officials said.

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