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Work on square in Martinsburg in its 'final stages'

November 30, 2011|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com
  • Martinsburg Square is shown in this September file photo. Wednesday was the contractual completion date for the $1.6 million project, but contractors have been delayed by rainy weather.
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Traffic in the vicinity of Martinsburg's town square Wednesday was reduced to one lane Wednesday as work continued on a pedestrian and aesthetic improvement project there.

Wednesday was the contractual completion date for the $1.6 million project, but contractors have been delayed by rainy weather.

Martinsburg City Manager Mark Baldwin said Wednesday that he believed the project was in "the final stages" being substantially completed, but could not say when East King Street would be reopened to traffic from Queen Street.

"Hopefully in the next week, we'll be able better determine the opening of East King Street as they progress with the project," Baldwin said.

Daniel Watts, the state Division of Highways acting area engineer for the Eastern Panhandle, could not be reached for comment as to when the project would be completed.   

On Wednesday, contractors resurfaced paved sections of King and Queen streets, and workers appeared to be closer to finishing the installation of permeable concrete pavers in the 100 block of East King Street. The new pavement still needed to be striped as of Wednesday afternoon, but traffic was no longer being directed through the square by flaggers.

A significant amount of landscaping also appeared to be completed, including the placement of sod and planting of new trees.

Eighty percent of the project's cost is being funded with state and federal grant money.

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