State Announces Funding for Recreational Trails

Special to HNN From a Gov. Tomblin Press Statement

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Division of Highways, today presented $1,190,241.90 in federal funds for 22 projects as part of the 2012 Recreational Trails Program.

    The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The program provides funds through the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation which allows states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail use. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the RTP for the state.

    States are responsible for developing their own procedures to solicit and select projects for funding. A Recreational Trail Advisory Board (RTAB) reviews West Virginia's applications and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation and the Governor.
    Funds were awarded to the following:

Berkeley County Yankauer Nature Preserve Accessible Restroom Facilities, $50,000
Boone County Hatfield-McCoy Little Coal River, $40,000 Dartmont Park Walking Trail, $40,000
Greenbrier County Lewisburg L & R, $48,000
Greenbrier & Fayette counties Meadow River Rail Trail, $80,000
Harrison County Salem Trail Resurfacing, $8,000
Logan County Hatfield-McCoy Dingess Run, $40,000
Logan & Mingo counties Hatfield-McCoy Browning Fork, $40,000
McDowell County Hatfield-McCoy Indian Ridge, $40,000
Mingo County Hatfield-McCoy Buffalo Mt., $40,000
Monongalia County Decker's Creek Trail Resurfacing, $80,000 Westover Park Loop, $28,800
Monongalia, Marion & Preston counties Mon River Trails Dump Truck, $56,000
Monongalia & Preston counties Decker's Creek Trail Undercut Repair, $115,609.33
Monroe County Potts Valley Rail Trail Phase II, $41,760
Morgan County N. Berkeley Rail Trail, $80,000
Nicholas County Gateway Trail/Fork Mt. Trail, $70,500
Pendleton County Whispering Spruce Trail, $22,500
Preston County W.Va. Northern Rail Trail Acquisition, $80,000
Raleigh County Burning Rock Outdoor Adventure Park, $80,000
Wetzel County Riverfront Trail Improvements (Paden City), $32,000
Wyoming County Hatfield-McCoy Pinnacle Creek, $40,000

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