MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Construction of the long-planned Raleigh Street "extension" is expected to begin this fall, Mayor George Karos announced Thursday evening.
"To me, that's about the best news we've had for years," Karos said of the Martinsburg road construction project that has been talked about for many years.
The Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization notified the city Thursday that $15.5 million had been "programmed" for building about a half-mile section of the highway from the intersection of U.S. 11 and W.Va. 9 on Edwin Miller Boulevard to Tavern Road, Karos said.
The road is envisioned to provide an alternative north-south connection into downtown Martinsburg between West Race Street and Edwin Miller Boulevard. North Queen Street, the city's only north-south route, has long spurred emergency response concerns. There also is limited height clearance for commercial vehicles at the railroad bridge that crosses over the road.