New Martinsville is among the municipalities and organizations that, on Wednesday, received money from the Senate Appropriations committee for transportation initiatives.
Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., announced the funding, totalling more than $4.1 million, Wednesday. New Martinsville will receive $250,000 of those funds.
New Martinsville will use the money to develop a comprehensive safety action plan to prevent roadway deaths and serious injuries in the city. This funding is made possible through DOT’s Safe Streets for All program.
Five other areas were awarded funds through the Safe Streets for All program for comprehensive safety action plans – $640,000 to the City of Park Falls, $398,040 to the City of Bluefield, $200,000 to the City of Charleston, $200,000 to the City of Clarksburg and $199,200 to the Fayette-Raleigh Metropolitan Planning Association.
“I am pleased DOT is investing in these nine critical initiatives across West Virginia to improve safety and efficiency for West Virginians and Americans traveling to and within our great state,” said Manchin. “These investments will boost local tourism and spur economic development across the state, as well as support analyzing asphalt solutions for West Virginia highways and providing assistance to WVU students pursuing advanced transportation degrees.”
“Improving our roads and airports is essential to the future of our state, and I’m thrilled to see these nine awards heading to our communities that will expand our air travel capacity, make our roads safer, and support our state’s Department of Transportation,” Capito said.
Other individual awards were:
– $2,162,959 to the Benedum Airport Authority to construct a new 52,600 square foot terminal building at the North Central West Virginia Airport in Harrison County.
– $79,671 to the West Virginia Department of Transportation Division of Highways to implement a project entitled, “Investigating Sustainable Asphalt Mix Design Solutions in West Virginia.” The project will analyze different asphalt mix designs for environmental impacts, examine performance and economic trade-offs and develop tools best suited for West Virginia’s transportation infrastructure.
– $5,000 to West Virginia University to be used towards the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellowship Program (DDETFP) at WVU to support students pursuing advanced degrees in transportation-related disciplines.