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West Run Road could reopen as early as Friday

MORGANTOWN — What happens when a construction project reroutes traffic onto another road … which itself is the focus of a resurfacing project?

Traffic. Long lines of traffic.

That was the situation earlier this week as the closure of West Run Road detoured vehicles to Point Marion Road (U.S. 119), which was backed up due to a paving project.

All this while movement on Mileground Road was significantly slowed as crews relocate utilities ahead of a future widening project.

Fortunately, things are about to start moving again.

The Point Marion paving work wrapped up Wednesday, and according to Morgantown Utility Board spokesman Chris Dale, West Run could reopen as early as today but will be open Monday, at the latest.

Either way, the reopening will come well ahead of the original estimate of a three-week closure.

West Run has been closed to through traffic since July 26 as MUB worked between Silverbell Drive and Business Park Drive.

According to Dale, MUB crews are installing approximately 135 feet of eight-inch sewer line and 120 feet of 12-inch steel casing, which involved two road crossings.

The work is part of a Department of Highways project along West Run. The cost of MUB’s work is estimated at $248,000, all of which is funded by the DOH.

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