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Danville Town Recorder Tony Hensley reads the minutes from the previous regular session.

DANVILLE — The town of Danville has received a West Virginia Department of Transportation Alternatives $100,000 grant for the completion of phase one of a $600,000 sidewalk project. Town officials say they hope the new sidewalks will encourage good health and fitness for residents as they continue to utilize a new walking bridge that was open for public use in 2019.

“This project — when completed — will run from the walking bridge down to our boat ramp (Bob Cee City Park) and tie things in together nicely,” said Danville Mayor Mark McClure. “This is about a $600,000 project, and we have the $100,000 for the first phase of it, and we’re excited to get it moving.”

The “Danville Park Avenue and Phipps Avenue Walkway Improvement Project” was made available for bid in relation to the design of the sidewalk in July via a vote to move forward by the council, and once the engineering phase is completed, the federally funded project will be made available for bid in relation to the construction phases.

The walking bridge was funded by the FHWA Transportation Enhancement Program, WVDOH, the Boone County Commission, the Town of Danville and City of Madison.

The bridge and approach paths link Riverside Drive and the Madison City Park with Park Avenue in Danville and became part of the existing Madison-Danville Wellness Trail.

In other Town of Danville news, Boone Memorial Hospital has completed the purchase of the structure that previously housed Magic Mart and looks to renovate the structure for a new clinic on the property. The Danville Town Council expressed a desire to work with and partner with BMH in any way possible due to its close proximity for Danville residents.

Additionally, town leaders said they would reach out to BMH in hopes the hospital would continue to provide free COVID-19 drive-through testing in Danville.

Danville Town Council meets at 7 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the Danville Community Center, 731 Hopkins Ave. Call 304-369-5428.

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