MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A two-lane section of W.Va. 9 from Eastern Regional Jail to a new Opequon Creek bridge east of Martinsburg opened Wednesday.
"We switched traffic onto what will be the westbound lanes," West Virginia Division of Highways engineer Ken Clohan said.
Clohan said the traffic diversion was needed to build the eastbound lanes of the four-lane highway and another two-lane bridge over Opequon Creek.
The switch temporarily limits access to the Berkeley County Humane Society and other properties along the old route, which still can be accessed from Mt. Olive Road. Douglas Grove Road's intersection with W.Va. 9 also was closed by the switch to allow for construction of a bridge over Evans Run, a tributary of Opequon Creek.
A second access point for the affected properties along the old route will be provided near the Continental Brick Co. plant when the weather cooperates. When completed, the new section of the four-lane route will have three "at-grade intersections for Mt. Olive and Douglas Grove Roads and another route near the brick plant," Clohan said.