|Last month, Gov. Justice visited Wheeling to get a progress report on the I-70 Bridges Project and a tour of the construction zone.|
“We’re making great progress all over Wheeling,” Gov. Justice said. “Not only with this important project on I-70, but in all kinds of other ways, like with these grants we’re giving out today.”
During this morning’s grant award ceremony, Gov. Justice awarded four Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Program (TARTP) grants, worth $454,454 in total, for a variety of projects in a pair of Northern Panhandle counties.
West Virginia TARTP grants help towns and cities build and improve sidewalks, lighting, trails, and more. The program is administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation and funded by the Federal Highway Administration.
“I want to take a minute and talk about one of these projects in particular, called the Wheeling Robrecht Riverfront Park,” Gov. Justice said. “Senator Ryan Weld and Wheeling Mayor Glenn Elliott reached out to me personally regarding this project. The city applied for this grant to help it transform a blighted, three-acre brownfield into a riverfront park and trailhead for the Wheeling Heritage Trail.
“This project will turn a blighted piece of property into a functional park for citizens and visitors,” Gov. Justice continued. “Because this property would provide a connection to the Wheeling Heritage Trail, its development would also mean economic benefits to the businesses in the nearby downtown and Centre Wheeling districts.”