On Monday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Division of Highways, presented $7,036,864 in federal funds awarded to 36 projects as part of the 2012 Transportation Enhancement Grant Program. Among recipients was the City of Ripley which received $154,800 for its South Court Street Revitalization Project. The grant will assist with Streetscape improvements including period style lighting, landscaping, and handicap accessible sidewalks on South Court Street from Main to the Mini Park at Mill Creek Water Trail.
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.