MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A "bypass" route that has been studied as an option to alleviate traffic congestion at the two intersections of W.Va. 51 and U.S. 11 in Inwood, W.Va., could cost nearly $8 million, West Virginia Department of Transportation officials said Thursday.
A 5-lane option about .66 miles in length proposes the re-routing of W.Va. 51 east of Jubal Early Avenue directly to the northern intersection of the two heavily traveled routes in southern Berkeley County to provide a more direct outlet to Interstate 81, state officials said during a transportation summit held in Martinsburg.
The estimated cost of this option is $7.8 million, officials said.
West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox, who attended the summit, encouraged local leaders to work with the Hagerstown/Eastern Panhandle Metropolitan Planning Organization and the state's Congressional delegation to get money for the project, which was not part of the state's current program.
Because of continued budget constraints, Mattox said the MPO's backing was essential and that a local match in funding or a federal allocation would spur the project forward.