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Grants will fund West Virginia infrastructure

May 20th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced grant awards to 37 communities and organizations to fund infrastructure projects across the state. The Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grant Programs will provide more than $6 million for a variety of improvements.

" … grant funding will help a number of important projects in cities and towns across the Mountain State," Tomblin said. "Improvements like those supported by the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails programs are investments that build a better and brighter future for all of West Virginia. This funding will allow us to build and repair ATV trails, walking paths, hiking areas, sidewalks and more, improving the quality of life for West Virginia families."

Funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the programs. Both the Recreational Trails and Transportation Alternatives Grant Programs include 80 percent federal funding with a 20 percent local match required.

Recipients include:

• City of Thomas, Thomas Riverfront Trails Connector design, $64,000.

• Monongahela River Trails Conservancy (Monongalia and Preston), Decker's Creek Trail surface repair, $133,520.

• Monongahela River Trails Conservancy (Marion, Monongalia and Preston), rail trail map or North Central West Virginia, $20,800.

• WVDNR Parks and Recreation Section (Tucker), winter trails operation equipment, $64,000.

• Moorefield (Hardy), Trails on the Levee, Phase I, $80,000.

• Monongahela River Trails Conservancy (Marion, Monongalia and Preston), purchase of equipment to maintain rail trails, $48,000.

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