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Delays expected to continue as Martinsburg's Queen Street is repaired

July 29, 2008

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - Congestion along sections of Queen Street in Martinsburg will continue at least for a couple more days as the West Virginia Division of Highways continues a road-repair project along the heavily traveled road into the city's downtown.

Darrell Parsons, Berkeley County's acting DOH road maintenance supervisor, said areas of the road slated for repair are between East Moler Avenue and the intersection of King and Queen streets.

Though flashing signs warn motorists of congestion through Saturday, Parsons said he was aware of the heavy congestion and hopes the work can be done in the next day or so.

"I'm hoping it doesn't take all week," Parsons said of patching to repair cracking and deterioration.

Within the city, Queen Street is controlled and maintained by the state, and sections in downtown Martinsburg are also recognized as U.S. 11, W.Va. 45 and/or W.Va. 9.

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City Engineer Michael Covell said Monday that motorists should consider taking alternate routes through the city. There is no marked detour while the roadwork is being done, Covell said.

In addition to the Queen Street work, DOH officials said Monday that motorists in the city may soon be detoured for construction of a turning lane for Mall Drive and Winchester Avenue (U.S. 11).

Acting area engineer Kenneth Clohan said the project could begin in the next couple of weeks, but noted that some utility relocation still needs to be completed.

Clohan said a possible strike by unionized communications workers for Verizon might delay the work. The Associated Press has reported that the company's contract with the Communication Workers of America expires Saturday.

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