Martinsburg revitalization project scaled down

MARTINSBURG – Bids for a project to rebuild sidewalks and revitalize Martinsburg’s downtown streets came in far above estimates, borough officials said Monday, forcing the community to scale down the work and dip into additional funds for a $60,000 shortfall.

The streetscape project, set to replace cracked and damaged sidewalks and repaint lines, was first estimated by state authorities to cost $308,000, Borough Manager Randy Stoltz said. Instead, the low bid received by the state officials responsible was $448,000 – a $140,000 difference.

Stoltz said he had hoped to cover the project solely with grants and federal funds. But with the added expense, he had to cut work over two blocks, remove a curb item and still cover an added $60,000 expense with borough highway repair money.

That’s $60,000 less Martinsburg will have available to repave roads throughout the year, but Stoltz said it shouldn’t cause any problems.

The streetsape work is set to begin after the school year, he said. It accompanies planned streetlights and a public clock in a move to beautify downtown Martins-burg.