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Morgan County Courthouse could be completed by March 2010

November 21, 2008|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The new Morgan County Courthouse has an estimated completion date of March 5, 2010.

As soon as work is completed on the geothermal manhole and the pipes are in place to the water supply, "a lot will happen fast," said Keith Whitener, Milestone Construction Services president.

Milestone of Sterling, Va., was awarded the bid to construct the courthouse for $10,448,000.

The manhole will be placed in the ground on Tuesday, he said at Thursday's contractor's meeting at the county offices.

Whitener led the courthouse contractor's meeting with the Morgan County Commission, along with architects from Silling Associates and other Milestone contractors.

Excavation for the new building will begin between Dec. 8 and 15, he said. By Jan. 15, a lot will happen and "can be seen when the steel starts to go up," Whitener said.

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"A lot of paperwork was going on up until this point, but the company is starting to move forward," he said.

Marty Rinehart, Milestone project superintendent, said beginning Dec. 1, the parking lot across from the Magistrate Courthouse will be used by the construction crew.

Morgan County administrator Bill Clark clarified that the section designated for the construction crew is the eastern part of the parking lot only.

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