Elkins receives grant funding

New faux bricks crosswalks will be installed in downtown Elkins to help improve pedestrian safety and hopefully raise motorists awareness. Funding for the project will come from a $115,920 transportation enhancement grant announced this week.

“I am real excited about it,” Elkins Mayor Duke Talbott said. “It is really going to make downtown beautiful.”

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented the grant in Charleston on Monday. Talbott, Elkins Operations Manager Bob Pingley and Operations Assistant Peggy Blosser attended the ceremony.

Talbott said the city will add 20 percent of the total grant in matching funding. The grant will allow the city to install faux brick crosswalks at the intersections of Davis Avenue and First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Streets. The faux brick crosswalks will also be installed at the intersection of Railroad Avenue and Third Street.

The city had a test sidewalk installed at the intersection of Second Street and Railroad Avenue to view one of the options for the new faux brick sidewalks.

“The basic purpose of it is to use a creative way to improve pedestrian safety,” Talbott said. “We’ve been real pleased with the test case.”

Pingley said the city can either contract out having the same style crosswalk installed or can stamp the pattern into concrete.

“How we will do it is still one of the things up in the air,” Pingley said. “We hope to get this done this summer. We will get moving on it.”

Pingley said not only will the new crosswalks be an improvement to the aesthetics of downtown, but they will also make the town more safe for motorists and pedestrians.

“It is going to look a lot better,” he said. “It is another step in the improvements downtown.”