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$20M in grants to go toward bridges

Money from Dept. of Transportation (BUILD) funds

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito announced Thursday that a portion of $20 million in U.S. Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) discretionary grants will address bridges in Monongalia County.

  According to a press release from Capito’s office, the funding will support projects addressing 19 bridges rated in poor condition along I-79 in Monongalia, Marion and Harrison counties.

Capito is chairperson of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee.

 “Our state’s topography means West Virginia is full of bridges, many of which are due for updates. This bridge project is a major undertaking and a priority of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, and this funding will go a long way in helping complete the project in a timely manner,” Capito said.

Sen. Joe Manchin also applauded the investment.

 “Many of West Virginia’s bridges are in critical condition and in desperate need of repair. These bridges are more than 40 years old and this investment on the part of DOT will create safer roadways for generations of West Virginians,” Manchin said. “I am pleased by DOT’s investment in fixing our bridges and will continue to fight for funding that addresses long-term issues, which affect West Virginians every day.”

Additional information about what specific bridges would be addressed and the nature of the various projects was not available in time for this report.

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