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Projects throughout Mid-Ohio Valley receive funding

CHARLESTON — Funding for seven local projects, three of which are in Wood County, were announced Monday by the state in the Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program.

The projects are:

* Pleasants County: City of St. Marys, $187,500, St. Mary’s Sidewalks Phase 2.

* Ritchie County: Town of Harrisville, $370,000, Harrisville Sidewalk Phase 3.

* Roane County: Town of Reedy, $150,000.

* Tyler County: City of Sistersville, $250,000, Sistersville Downtown Streetscape Phase 2

* Wood County: City of Parkersburg, $400,000, Gihon Elementary School Phase 2; City of Parkersburg, $200,000, Rayon Drive Sidewalk Phase 2; Wood County Parks and Recreation Commission, $150,000, Mountwood Park ATV Trail.

Thirty-eight projects valued at $7,414,975 were awarded funding in 27 counties. The West Virginia Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program is administered by the state Department of Transportation and us funded by the Federal Highway Administration. These grants help towns and cities build and improve sidewalks, lighting and rail trails.

“These projects will improve pedestrian safety along highly traveled roadways in South Parkersburg, especially for our young people” said Mayor Tom Joyce. “I’d like to thank members of Parkersburg City Council, for their support on these two projects over the years. Altogether, they account for a $918,150 investment in the city’s infrastructure, of which the city contributed $196,230 (20 percent match) in Community Development Block Grant and User Fee funds.”

While the funds initially allocated to the city were enough to complete the construction drawings for both projects, actual construction costs came in much higher than anticipated. The funds received to date should be enough to complete the work on Gihon Road and Rayon Drive.

“We look forward to moving these projects forward,” said Ryan Barber, development projects administrator.

The city is working with property owners on Gihon Road to secure temporary and permeant easements for the sidewalk project. In the weeks ahead, city officials will be reaching out to residents on Rayon Drive to request similar easements.

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