In Boone County, the Main Street “Streetscape 2012” project was awarded $200,000.
The $200,000 Main Street “Streetscape 2012” grant was awarded to the City of Madison. It will mean new handicapped accessible sidewalks for Main Street, new street lights, landscaping and garbage receptacles. The first phase will be from Spa Envy to Masonic Lodge and the second phase from the lodge down to Josephine Avenue. This grant will assist with the reconstruction of sidewalks, crosswalks and other amenities such as signage and brick accents along Main Street.
The West Virginia Transportation Enhancement Grant Program is a federal-aid program of the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. The program provides annual funding, through the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation, to West Virginia communities for non-traditional transportation projects such as improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclists through the construction of sidewalks and trails, acquisition of scenic or historic sites, preserving historic resources and stimulating tourism development.
Meanwhile, Tomblin, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Division of Highways, today presented $1,190,241.90 in federal funds for 22 projects as part of the 2012 Recreational Trails Program.
Two projects in Boone County received funding. The Dartmont Park Walking Trail received $40,000, while the Hatfield-McCoy Little Coal River project also received $40,000.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The program provides funds through the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation which allows states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail use. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the RTP for the state.
States are responsible for developing their own procedures to solicit and select projects for funding. A Recreational Trail Advisory Board (RTAB) reviews West Virginia's applications and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation and the governor.