Berkeley Springs Bypass project on track
BERKELEY SPRINGS, WV – The West Virginia Division of Highways remains on schedule to begin construction on the long-awaited Berkeley Springs Bypass project in Morgan County this summer. Trumbull Corporation was awarded a $59.8 million contract in October 2020 to build the four-lane US 522 bypass around Berkeley Springs, from just south of Berkeley Springs to WV 9. The project includes three bridges, three intersections and a new interchange with WV 9. Highways officials had long hoped to upgrade WV 522 to ease traffic congestion around Berkeley Springs. Gov. Jim Justice announced funding for the project under his Roads to Prosperity highways program in October. US 522 currently carries about 13,400 vehicles a day, about 30 percent of them are trucks. WVDOH District 5 Engineer Lee Thorne said highways officials are in the process of purchasing property and obtaining rights of way for the project. “They’ll probably start moving utilities and begin demolition of some of the houses about mid-summer,” Thorne said. Earth-moving for the actual roadway could begin in the fall, he said. The project is scheduled for completion in 2023.