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Portion of W.Va. 9 opens to motorists

September 02, 2007|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The first four-lane section of W.Va. 9 under construction between Martinsburg and Charles Town, W.Va., has opened to motorists.

"We just took the barricades off late Thursday afternoon," said Bill Shanklin, the West Virginia Division of Highways' area engineer for Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties.

State highway officials are advising westbound travelers to exit the new highway at Currie Road because of anticipated congestion concerns, specifically at the intersection of Leetown Road and Charles Town Road (old W.Va. 9), Shanklin said.

The Currie Road exit is the first interchange beyond what is considered the Charles Town bypass.

The intersection is not particularly accommodating for large trucks to make turns onto old W.Va. 9, Shanklin said. A short distance between the old and new W.Va. 9 routes at the Wiltshire Road interchange west of Currie Road also poses potential congestion concerns for westbound traffic, Shanklin said.

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Highway officials received reports Friday afternoon that traffic was backed up more than half of a mile on Leetown Road between the old and new routes, Shanklin said.

Highway officials have not issued an advisory for eastbound traffic on the newly opened section, Shanklin said.

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