A well-used shortcut into Berkeley Springs will be closed to through traffic starting early next week.
Highway contractors Trumbull Corporation told Morgan County emergency officials last week that they plan to close Myers Road permanently during the week of February 13 to facilitate the construction of the U.S. 522 Bypass.
“Warning signs will be placed at the U.S. 522 and Johnson’s Mill Road, and then Myers Road will be permanently closed to allow mass excavation through that location,” said Pat Daley, Project Engineer for Trumbull, in an email January 30.
“There will be no detour for this route, as it is a permanent closure. EMS will have access through Johnsons Mill Road, Fearnow Road, New Hope Road, and Waugh Road to all surrounding residences and area in this vicinity.”
On Monday, February 6, the West Virginia Division of Highways released an announcement about the closure:
“The roadway will be barricaded off approximately four tenths of a mile from US 522 and three tenths of a mile from the intersection with Johnsons Mill Road. The closure will still allow access to Myers Road via US 522. Turnarounds will be constructed at the barricades. Signs will be in place to warn motorists. Exact schedule is weather dependent,” the release said.
The four-lane bypass cuts through the wooded area halfway down Myers Road on its north-south route.
Myers Road empties onto U.S. 522 at the Dollar General store across from Widmyer Elementary School. On its eastern end, it connects with Johnsons Mill Road. Each end will remain open to let residents access their property but through traffic will stop with the closure.