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W.Va. 9 project could be finished by April

September 05, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- In a perfect scenario, the four-lane route under construction for W.Va. 9 between Martinsburg and Charles Town, W.Va. could be finished as early as April 2010, said Kenneth L. Clohan Jr., area construction engineer for the West Virginia Division of Highways.

The only substantial work left to be done is on a section between ID Van Metre Road near the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Baker Heights and Leetown Road near Kearneysville, W.Va., Clohan said.

While the section was about two-thirds complete at the end of August, the springtime finish only will happen if construction can "continue at the present pace and all subcontractor work is fully complete," Clohan said in an e-mail.

"That is a perfect scenario only," Clohan said. "Completion will more than likely be the middle of the summer."

While the first bridge deck pour is scheduled this week for the W.Va. 9 bridge over Leetown Road and stone placement and grading continues on the section, only finishing work remains for the segment of new highway between ID Van Metre Road and the Opequon Creek bridge and is considered 100 percent complete, Clohan said.

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When asked for updates on other major projects under way, Clohan said all paving between Falling Waters, W.Va., and the Potomac River bridge on Interstate 81 should be completed this week.

Paving of the northbound lanes of I-81 between the Virginia state line and Inwood, W.Va., should start this week as joint repairs continue on the southbound lanes, Clohan said.

Other projects

o Raleigh Street Extension in Martinsburg -- Project design still is ongoing and construction plans for the first phase of the extension between Edwin Miller Boulevard and Tavern Road are expected to be completed late this year, said Benjamin J. Savage, an engineer for the West Virginia Department of Transportation.

Right-of-way acquisition is expected to be completed by early spring 2010 and construction is expected to take two years to complete.

Design and right-of-way acquisition for the second phase between Tavern Road and West Race Street is following the same timeline, but Savage said no funding is available for construction of that phase.

o Tabler Station Connector -- As of Aug. 31, the new route between U.S. 11 and Exit 8 of Interstate 81 was about 20 percent complete and remains on schedule to be done in June 2011. The project includes replacing the bridge for the interstate exit.

"Bridge girders have been placed for Phase I and grading/stone placement continues throughout," Clohan said.

o U.S. 11 -- Extension of the turn lane on the road south of Martinsburg in the Wheatland-Pikeside area was almost 50 percent complete as of Aug. 31 as drainage and widening continues, but Clohan said work still was progressing slowly.

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