Weather delays opening of new section of W.Va. 9

October 31, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. — Friday’s planned opening of the new four-lane route for W.Va. 9 from Charles Town to the Virginia state line has been canceled due to this week’s storm, state highways officials announced Wednesday.

Depending on weather conditions, the highway might not open to motorists for another a week to 10 days or more, according to West Virginia State Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker.

Concrete still must be poured for the median barrier and that work is “very weather dependent,” according to Walker.

Contractors also must tie in the new route as it narrows to two lanes at the Virginia line and complete a number of “punch list” items, according to Walker.

“The storm has really put a monkey wrench into completing that stuff,” Walker said.

Walker said state transportation officials were pressing the contractor “pretty hard” to finish by Friday to link the road opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, but the storm derailed that.

Highway officials hoped to open the road by mid-October, but the contractor needed more time.

The project includes construction of a 1,650-foot-long, four-lane bridge about 200 feet above the Shenandoah River.

The $39.9 million bridge’s substructure consists of two abutments and four piers using 560,000 pounds of reinforcing steel, 7,700 cubic yards of concrete and 43,000 square feet of formwork, Pittsburgh-based Trumbull Corp. said on its website.

East of the bridge, the new W.Va. 9 eventually narrows to two lanes to tie into Va. 9 at the Loudoun County, Va., line. It continues as a two-lane road until it connects with the four-lane Va. 7.

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