MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox will be joined by Martinsburg Mayor George Karos, officials from the Federal Highway Administration and other state and local leaders Wednesday as they cut the ribbon to mark the opening and completion of the 1.2-mile Raleigh Street Extension in Martinsburg.
Beginning at 3 p.m., the event will take place on the new highway, just off W.Va. 9 (Edwin Miller Boulevard). The public is invited to attend.
Division of Highways personnel will be on hand to assist with directions and parking.
“We last celebrated the groundbreaking of this project in May of 2010,” Mattox said in a news release. “Thanks to the support and cooperation of the Federal Highway Administration, Sen. John Unger, Martinsburg Mayor Karos and City Manager Mark Baldwin, next week, the completion of the Raleigh Street Extension will no longer be a projection. It will be a reality. I look forward to joining them next week to celebrate what will be the area’s newest asset.”
“It has been a long time coming,” Karos said in the release. “But with patience and perseverance, along with cooperation from municipal, county and state resources, we can achieve great things for the betterment of Martinsburg, the Eastern Panhandle and the state of West Virginia.”
The Raleigh Street Extension is a newly constructed roadway that connects Raleigh Street on the southern end at the intersection of Race and Raleigh streets and continues north to the intersection with Edwin Miller Boulevard.
The new roadway is meant to help eliminate the congestion on Queen Street through downtown Martinsburg to the east and Rock Cliff Drive to the west.
The project was broken into three contracts totally nearly $20.8 million. Contractors for the project were Kokosing Construction Co. Inc. of Columbus, Ohio, Pro Contracting Inc. of Clarksburg, W.Va., and Bilco Construction Co. Inc. of South Charleston, W.Va.
Those who would like to attend should take exit 16 off Interstate 81 onto W.Va. 9/Edwin Miller Boulevard. Travel approximately 1.5 miles to the third traffic signal (Walgreen’s and CVS are on the right). Make a right turn on Raleigh Street and travel a half-mile on the new highway to the staging area.