County to apply for grant to repair Butcher Bend Road

PARKERSBURG — The county is moving forward with applying for grant money to fix Butcher Bend Road.

The commission unanimously approved a motion Monday for the application for state Industrial Access Road Grants.

In June, Wood County Development Director Lindsey Piersol briefed the Wood County Commission on a meeting she had regarding the condition of Butcher Bend Road.

She had met with 25 people at Ohio Valley Water Resources on Butcher Bend Road to discuss the road. The meeting was attended by company officials and Department of Highways officials.

Department of Highways officials claimed the company’s trucks were damaging Butcher Bend Road and neighbors and others were upset about it.

The DOH wants the company to repair the road. The estimate the DOH has for the work is $1.2 million for two miles of road. The company did not want to pay that large of an amount.

Everyone agreed the Wood County Development Office would apply for grant funding to go toward the work. Piersol told commissioners Monday they had been approved for $260,000.

She needed a resolution from the commission to move forward with the application for an additional $200,000 in grants.

If the grant is awarded, the DOH would handle the work internally.

No local match would be required.

Commission President Blair Couch said he has gone to events at the 4-H grounds and noticed the road’s condition.

”There was some significant damage to that road,” he said.

Commissioners asked Piersol of any development announcements.

”There is a lot going on,” she said of working with a group that she cannot identify yet. ”There are several expansions going on and several companies who want equipment so we are all over the place in a good way.

”A lot is going on. Many people are not to the point of announcing something,” she said.

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