The Berkeley County Planning Commission voted Monday night to advance a railroad’s plan to build a 1.3-mile rail spur to serve the Essroc cement plant near Martinsburg.
After receiving no comment during a public hearing, commissioners voted unanimously to advance the rail-spur project proposed by Winchester & Western Railroad to the preliminary plan stage of the county’s review/approval process.
The estimated US$6m spur includes a railroad bridge. The project is expected to take four to six months to complete, according to Brian Costenbader, Essroc’s senior director of logistics and project engineer Richard W. Klein of Alpha Associates Inc.
The rail spur is needed to ship more products from the Martinsburg plant, which recently underwent more than US$500m in upgrades and now has the ability to deliver 2Mta of cement, Essroc officials have said.