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Eastern Panhandle roads to be repaired

December 09, 2009

MARTINSBURG -- Six secondary state routes in Berkeley and Jefferson counties will be repaired with a portion of a $27.3 million appropriation to the West Virginia Department of Transportation that was approved by the State Legislature last month, State Sen. John Unger said this week.

A 1.8-mile section of Bakerton Road and 3.46 miles of Bruceton Road in Jefferson County, along with 1.48 miles of Back Creek Valley Road, 1.06 mile of Cushwa Road, 2.09 miles of Rustic Tavern Road and .71 mile of Ted Kesecker Road in Berkeley County are to be repaved and upgraded, said Unger, who chairs the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

The projects, which have been on a "running priority list of projects that need to be done" are estimated to cost about $897,000, according to Unger.

"I'd imagine a lot of them will get started the first of Spring," Unger said of the construction timeline.

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Unlike larger projects, such as the extension of North Raleigh Street and W.Va. 9, the secondary route repairs are being paid with state money and no federal appropriations are being used to finance the work.

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