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Martinsburg's town square reopens

October 18, 2011

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Town square in Martinsburg at the intersection of Queen and West King streets reopened Tuesday morning after being closed since Oct. 5 for ongoing pedestrian safety improvements.

The square was initially closed for about three weeks this summer for the work, but officials opted to close it again to replace brick used in the new crosswalks.

Officials determined that the brick initially used was failing to withstand traffic flow at the busy intersection and decided to replace it with a concrete paver. Workers in the last several days also relaid pavers in a new pattern and with a new bedding material in the square.

While the detours for W.Va. 45, W.Va. 9 and U.S. 11 are no longer in place, the entrance to East King Street from Queen Street will remain closed as work continues on the $1.6 million project, which is expected to be completed later this year.

In a news release Tuesday, Martinsburg officials expressed appreciation for the cooperation of businesses and residents during the square's closure. The city also announced that free parking instituted during the construction detour is no longer in effect.

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