W.Va. Courthouse Rises From The Ashes

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Berkeley Springs, W.Va. (AP) -- More than three years after a fire destroyed the historic Morgan County Courthouse, a replacement is set to open on time and under budget.

County Commissioner Thomas Swaim says the cost for building the three-story, 45,000-square-foot building is estimated at under $12 million.

That's nearly $2 million less than originally expected.

A completion date of April 4 has been set. Most of the work being done on the new structure now is on the interior.

Milestone Construction Services of Sterling, Va., won the bid last year for the new courthouse.

In August 2006, an electrical fire in a second-floor courtroom destroyed the old building.

The old courthouse had stood since 1908.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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