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Manchin, Capito Announce $20 Million In RAISE Grants For Infrastructure Improvements In Morgantown And Wheeling

Government and Politics

August 10, 2022


Charleston, WV – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV), member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, today announced two Department of Transportation (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grants to support infrastructure improvement projects in Morgantown and Wheeling.

“Investing in infrastructure projects across West Virginia has monumental impacts on our communities and local economies. I’m pleased DOT prioritized the Wheeling Streetscape and Greenbag Road projects after working with my office earlier this year. I have worked closely with both the Wheeling and Morgantown communities for years on these projects, and I am so pleased that they are receiving the funding I requested to enhance our communities, encourage economic development, and create safer roads and paths for our fellow West Virginians to utilize. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for funding to support infrastructure upgrades and improvements across the entire state,” Senator Manchin said.

“Today’s grant announcement is great news for those who live, work, or travel in Wheeling and Morgantown,” Ranking Member Capito said. “As cities and towns across our state grow, we must continue to invest in key infrastructure projects that accommodate the economic and local needs of these communities. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, and through my role on the Environment and Public Works Committee, I’ll continue to advocate for resources that support building out and improving West Virginia’s infrastructure, like I did with these projects in Morgantown and Wheeling.”

Individual awards and descriptions included below:

   -$16,250,254 for the West Virginia Department of Transportation to support the Wheeling Streetscape Project: The project will make approximately 1.85 miles of complete street upgrades to Main Street, Market Street, Chapline Street, Eoff Street, and their cross-streets on 10th Street, the 11th Street Plaza, 12th Street, 14th Street, 17th Street, and South Street.

    -$4,200,000 for the Morgantown Monongalia MPO to support the Greenbag Road Corridor Planning and Design Project: The planning project will design two segments of the Greenbag Road corridor and will study the feasibility of an off-road pedestrian path parallel to Greenbag Road that would provide safe access to the Decker’s Creek Rail Trail.