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University, town join forces for street upgrades

May 31, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University and the town of Shepherdstown are joining forces on a streetscape project that will involve removing utility poles, relocating overhead utility lines and adding new walkway lights on King Street, a Shepherd official said Tuesday.

The work is expected to begin next month and should be completed by the end of June, said Ed Magee, vice president for administration and finance at Shepherd.

Shepherd University has facilities along King Street, and the university wants to bury overhead utility lines when it gets the chance to improve the aesthetics of the campus, Magee said.

Shepherdstown officials have expressed an interest in revitalizing the downtown area, particularly to address issues like deteriorating sidewalks.

The entities have now decided to work together on improving King Street, Magee said.

The work will include removing two utility poles along King Street, adding new walkway lights along the street and burying electric, telephone, data and television cable lines that currently hang overhead along King Street between German and High streets, Magee said.

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The lines will be buried behind Shepherd's Knutti Hall, Magee said.

The new lighting on King Street will be similar to the lights Shepherd has on its east campus, Magee said.

The university will conduct work such as installing conduit, a pipe which contains utility lines, and the school's work will cost up to $100,000, Magee said.

Town officials could not be reached for comment Tuesday about the town's involvement.

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