Weather delays opening of new section of W.Va. 9By MATTHEW UMSTEAD Herald Mail
Herald Article HERECHARLES 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....
W.Va. 9 opening delayedBy Michelle Horst - Journal Staff Writer
FULL ARTICLE..."When you pour median wall, you're at the mercy of the weather and temperature. We were charging hard, but the Friday opening was going to be pushing it close anyway," Walker said.
Estimations range from one to two weeks for the delayed opening. The project had been originally predicted to have been finished in October....
They're still paving the last section at the top. Hopefully that part is temporary. Looks to be quite a steep transition from the old road to new. Also... that looks to be one long, steep stretch of road. Should be 'fun' in the winter.
Illegitimi non carborundum
The slope appears to be none more than the slope on the "old route 9" that goes from Blue Ridge Elementary to just below Mission Road. The speed limit is 55mph on that stretch, and it will be 55mph on the new stretch.
If you do not know if I am joking or just being an asshole. Assume both.
Looks like they are doing the last of the paving near the border today, they've got a flagman out there as well with traffic going single laned when I went through a bit earlier.
Oh Geez! Here comes the cluster party!!!
During the rush hours in the days subsequent to the opening, I'm sure our readers will want some first hand reports of how well or how bad drivers' experiences unfolded. I realize it may be dark, but I'll ask again that folks use cell phone cameras to capture some digital images (safely, of course ). If for some reason you haven't figured out how to post pics, send the files to ME and I'll post them in your stead.
It should be an interesting Winter.
Which road will have the right away, the new route 9 or the old route 9? Looking at a map it would appear the new route 9 will eventually have the right away for it is the more direct route.
Let's not forget that in fact snow removal was a separate part of the budgeting for the new bridge. IOW, they have a ton of new money to keep the bridge clear, over and above what's been spent on 9/5 in past years. We are not sharing the funds.
How that will work out in the Real World is unclear to me. Maybe the DOH will be able to buy one new truck to just cover the bridge.
The "Spirit of Jefferson" just announced on Facebook "The new W.Va. 9 bridge will open Wednesday. A ceremony marking the opening will be held at 11 a.m." There are no other details as to location of ceremony.
Great news, at least for us Maryland commuters. Should be lots less traffic on ummm... what we used to call Route 9, but as of Wednesday must learn to call ???. Have they changed the signs yet?
Despite the nice article, there's no word at all about where this ceremony may be held. Or when we'll actually be able to drive over the new bridge (presumably prior to the ceremony).