Part of Raleigh Street Extension more than half finished

Two other sections farther behind

January 04, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |
  • The northen end of the Raleigh Street Extension project near Edwin Miller Boulevard in Martinsburg, W.Va.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The first of three road construction contracts awarded for the Raleigh Street Extension in Martinsburg is now more than 50 percent complete, but the other two sections are much farther behind, according to state transportation officials.

Projected to be completed next year, the northern section of the new 1.2-mile road under construction between Edwin Miller Boulevard and Race Street entails construction of a small concrete bridge over a wetland, which is well under way, according to the state Division of Highways.

Pro Contracting Inc. was awarded the northern contract in the summer of 2010.

The second contract, which was awarded to Bilco Construction Co. Inc., after the company submitted the low bid of $6.2 million in February 2011, is less than 20 percent complete, according to the DOH.

The work on the south end of the project near Race Street in the city entails construction of two bridges for the new road, including one span over Winchester & Western Railroad tracks, which now is under way, according to the DOH.

The third project awarded to Kokosing Construction Co. has yet to begin because of conflicts due to utility relocation, DOT spokesman Brent Walker said last month.

Kokosing won the project, which also includes construction of two bridges, after submitting a $9.9 million bid in June 2011, according to the DOT.

The price tag for the 1.2-mile stretch has been estimated at $38 million, including land acquisition and bridge construction. The project also included the relocation of ballfields at Oatesdale Park, which was completed earlier this year.

Officials have previously projected the three contracts for constructing the new north-south route into downtown Martinsburg will be complete in late 2012 or 2013.

The project also includes construction of a walking/biking path to be built alongside the new road.

City officials have lobbied for the new connector, which they hope will help improve emergency response, relieve existing and future traffic congestion along Queen Street, the city’s only other north-south route, and allow for economic development along the new corridor.

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