MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- State transportation officials plan to replace the second oldest bridge in West Virginia.The one-lane stone-arch Van Metre Ford Bridge spans Opequon Creek east of Martinsburg. It was built in 1832.Department of Transportation spokesman Brent Walker tells The Herald-Mail of Hagerstown, Md., that a new bridge will be built upstream from the existing bridge.
Walker says the state awarded a $2.9 million contract for the project to Orders Construction Co. of St. Albans. Construction is expected to begin in 2014.The Department of Transportation's website says the oldest bridge in West Virginia is the stone-arch Monument Place Bridge spanning Little Wheeling Creek in Ohio County. It was built in 1817.