U.S. Senator Shelley Capito (R-WV) and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) announced last Thursday that $40 million in grant money will go toward major transportation projects in West Virginia.
The funds will support two major infrastructure projects in Berkeley Springs and Tucker County. One of the projects includes the construction of the Berkeley Springs Bypass, which will include construction of the Fairview Connector. The second project will support the construction of approximately 10 miles of a four-lane expressway in Tucker County.
The money is provided to the West Virginia Department of Transportation through the BUILD grants.
“I think this will alleviate the traffic in Downtown and will also make it easier for businesses and others to really enhance the tourism trade in that area,” Capito said.
Capito says she believes the infrastructure projects will spur economic growth in Berkeley Springs and the Tucker County communities by connecting West Virginia to transportation hubs around the country as well as keep the tourism industry alive both in the summer and winter months.
“For years we’ve been looking at US-522, looking at the truck traffic coming through, looking at the congestion at certain times in the day because people use that as a cut off for going south,” she said.
Capito has been in talks with U.S. Secretary Elaine Chao regarding these infrastructure projects.
Capito hopes the two projects will kick off within the next six months.