MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — The north and south ends of the Raleigh Street extension in Martinsburg are expected to be ready for traffic this fall, but the midsection of the new downtown connector will not be completed until spring 2013, officials said Thursday.
The midsection, which entails the building of bridges over the CSX and Winchester & Western railroads and work involving Tavern Road, was delayed by utility relocation and right-of-way issues, City Manager Mark Baldwin said Thursday during a joint meeting of the Martinsburg City Council and Berkeley County Council.
Even with the delayed start of the third segment, “there’s light at the end of the tunnel,” Baldwin said.
The midsection, now about 25 percent complete, is expected to be completed in May 2013, Daniel Watts of the West Virginia Division of Highways said Thursday in an email.
Final paving of the northern segment, which is 91 percent complete, is scheduled to begin Monday, Watts said.