Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced several different grants to area communities Monday, including projects in Randolph, Barbour and Pendleton counties.
- Tomblin announced approximately $10 million in grant funding through three separate grant programs, presenting $7,036,864 in federal funds that was awarded to 36 projects as part of the 2012 Transportation Enhancement Grant Program.
Elkins will receive $115,920 as part of the program for an Elkins Crosswalk Safety Project. Grant County will receive $24,000 as part of the Bayard Sidewalks 2012 project.
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 for 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.
- Tomblin presented $824,000 in federal funds for seven projects as part of the 2012 Safe Routes to School Grant Program.
The West Virginia Safe Routes to School grant program is part of a national program funded by the Federal Highway Administration to substantially improve the safety of children as they walk or bicycle to school.
Barbour County Schools was awarded $115,000 for Mt. Vernon Elementary School.
- Tomblin announced $1,190,241.90 for 22 projects as part of the 2012 Recreational Trails Program. The Whispering Spruce Trail in Pendleton County received $22,500 as part of the program.
The program is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration. The program allows states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail use.