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Projects Likely Finished By Start of School Year

July 26, 2012
By J.W. JOHNSON JR. - Staff Writer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Two projects at Monarch Stadium and John Marshall High School are progressing and will be completed by the time students return to school in August, officials said Tuesday.

During a meeting of the Marshall County Board of Education Tuesday night, officials with McKinley and Associates said the reconstruction of bridges at John Marshall High School is moving along and should be completed within the next few weeks. Extra supports are being placed under the bridges that connect the main building to the performing arts center, as well as bridges and steps to the side parking lot. Additionally, the strength of concrete and rebar in the bridges is being determined.

Superintendent Fred Renzella said the project was declared an emergency due to the poor condition of the bridges. In some spots, water and salt used for melting snow had worn holes in the concrete base, while more than 40 years of exposure to those elements had significantly weakened the steel supports.

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Crews work to repair sidewalks and curbs Wednesday at John Marshall High School in Glen Dale. The work, which also includes bridge repair, is expected to be completed by the end of summer.

Crews began working on the project two weeks ago, and officials said the conditions they found caused the bridges to be completely closed to the public. Renzella said the project was deemed an emergency after a fire marshal's representative indicated it was not safe for students to walk across them.

In addition, Kenny Rhodes, general maintenance foreman for the district, said upon removing a handicap ramp from one of the entrances to the building, workers found one large hole had penetrated completely through the concrete and rebar.

"That platform gave the water and salt a place to sit and eat away," Rhodes said.

Most of the support beams had been put in place as of Wednesday, and crews began repairing curbs and sidewalks at the main entrance to the building. Renzella said the work is a temporary fix until the district can obtain state funds to conduct a major renovation of the building.

Farther south along W.Va. 2 in Moundsville, crews spent Tuesday removing the existing track surface in preparation to seek bids for a new surface to be put down. Officials said at least three companies are interested in conducting the work, which is to be bid July 30. Site visits are expected to be conducted before that date.

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