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New 4-lane stretch of W.Va. 9 to open Wed. with little fanfare

New route will stretch from Charles Town to Va. line

November 13, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthew.umstead@herald-mail.com

The new four-lane route for W.Va. 9 from Charles Town to the Virginia state line will open sometime between 10 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday "with not much fanfare,” state Department of Transportation spokesperson Brent Walker said Tuesday.

A ceremony celebrating the project's completion might be held in a couple of weeks, Walker said.

"It's certainly the kind of project we would like to celebrate," Walker said.

The opening of the road had been planned for Nov. 2 but the project’s completion was delayed by Superstorm Sandy, which left the ground saturated and thousands of state residents without power. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was expected to take part in the Nov. 2 ceremony, according to Walker.

Highway officials had hoped to open the road as early as mid-October, but the contractor needed more time to complete the work.

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

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. Va. 9 continues as a two-lane road until it connects with the four-lane Va. 7 near Leesburg, Va.

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