Rahall Announces Federal Funding for Southern West Virginia Scenic Byway Enhancements

HNN Staff
BECKLEY, WV U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) Thursday announced $568,000 in Federal grants for three scenic trail projects in southern West Virginia.

            “Our scenic byways help bind important sectors of our growing tourism industry to promote small business jobs," said Rahall, the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. "As we connect our historical, cultural, and natural resources, we make it easier for people to plan fuller, longer vacation stays in Almost Heaven.  Smart investments like these, and our other trail systems we are promoting and networking, will pay great dividends with economic drivers like the Boy Scouts of America.”


            The southern West Virginia projects were awarded funding on a competitive basis by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).
 

The Coal Heritage Trail will receive $270,000 for the development of the Coal Heritage Trail Discovery Center, an orientation facility for byway travelers located along the Coal Heritage Trail on State Route 211 within the City of Mt. Hope.  The Coal Heritage Trail runs 187 miles through the National Coal Heritage Area, stretching north from Bluefield along U.S. Route 52 to Welch, and then north along State Route 16 to Ansted.  

The Midland Trail will receive $272,315 to support the design, fabrication, and installation of the ten wayside exhibits, strategically located to tell the story of how Midland Trail has shaped the American experience.  The Midland Trail National Scenic Byway runs 180 miles across southern West Virginia, along U.S. Route 60 from Huntington, to Ansted, to White Sulphur Springs.

              Paint Creek Scenic Trail project will receive $25,600 to create a roadside interpretive park where byway travelers can learn about the natural and historic significance of Paint Creek, and have access to scenic views, picnic facilities, and recreational fishing.  The byway parallels Paint Creek and the West Virginia Turnpike between Beckley and Hansford. The project site will be located along County Route 23 about 2.5 miles north of Pax.  
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