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Bridge Replacement in Berkeley County, WV

I am excited to give this update about two bridge replacements in Berkeley County. The first is on North Tennessee Avenue over Tuscarora Creek. The second is the most significant to this area is the replacing the Van Metre Ford Bridge on Golf Course Road. Van Metre Ford Bridge is one of the oldest bridge’s in West Virginia, and is very unique in its arched stone design. They will build the new bridge upstream and keep the old bridge for foot traffic. Check out the Herald Mail article below or follow the link at the bottom for the full article. Thanks Aaron

 

Work to replace a small North Tennessee Avenue bridge over Tuscarora Creek in Martinsburg is scheduled to begin within the next two weeks, Troy M. White, an area construction engineer for the West Virginia Division of Highways, said Friday.

Highway officials have estimated the bridge replacement would take about three months if the road is completely closed during the work, requiring detours.

North Tennessee Avenue provides a connection from West King Street past War Memorial Park to Berkeley Medical Center.

The new structure, slated to replace one that was built during the Great Depression, meets the criteria to qualify for federal funding, officials have said.

The bridge is on state-maintained county Route 13.

Among other projects, construction of a new Golf Course Road bridge east of Martinsburg in Berkeley County is in the design phase and work to acquire approval for utility relocations continues, White said Friday in an email.

The new bridge will replace one of West Virginia’s oldest spans, the one-lane Van Metre Ford Bridge that was built in 1832, according to state transportation officials.

The new bridge is to be built upstream from the historic one-lane, stone-arch structure, which officials have said is the second oldest in the state.

The bridge spans the creek on what was the old road from Alexandria, Va., to the Warm Springs.

Although the older structure will be closed to vehicles, transportation officials have said it will remain open to foot traffic.

 

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Aaron Poling, REALTOR

Long & Foster

976 Foxcroft Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401

304-283-0214

M.Margie Bartles Broker

Moving From Maryland

Here is an article in the Harold Mail about some of my buyers from Ridges of Tuscarora. The full article focuses on buying trends in the surrounding area’s and how many buyers are moving to WV, to take advantage of the great value we offer here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia. Follow the link at the bottom for the full article.

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Sean and Ashley Carroll wanted a new home last year, but seemed trapped by the economy — until they gambled on a financial escape route this past fall.

The Carrolls, having bought a town house in Boonsboro in 2007 just before the nation’s recession began, had paid tens of thousands of dollars more than the home now was worth. And in 2013, with the market beginning to strengthen, their alarm intensified.

“We were worried that if we waited ’til the time came where the appraised value went up on the town house, where we could get away clean, then we wouldn’t have the ability to buy anything else,” Sean Carroll said in a recent interview.

So after careful planning, the couple, both 28, accepted the responsibility of paying two mortgages at once by keeping their townhome and renting it, while buying a new house in Martinsburg, W.Va.

“If something happens with our jobs or with our renters, that’s the big risk of this whole thing,” Sean Carroll said. “That was the thing we spent the most time talking about — if something happens.”

With him a firefighter and her a teacher, “luckily, both of us have fairly stable jobs, being government employees,” he said. “If, for some reason, we lost renters, that would put us in a pretty significant bind, and then we’d have to make up both mortgages. That’s a huge risk.”

 

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