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Capito, Manchin announce $54 million for Chaplin Hill Gateway Challenge

MORGANTOWN – Sens. Shelley Moore Capito and Joe Manchin each introduced on Friday a federal award of $53.32 million for the Chaplin Hill Gateway Challenge, which incorporates building of bridges, interchanges and pedestrian and bicycle connections.

The funding comes from the U.S. Division of Transportation Mega Grant Program – an infrastructure funding program within the Infrastructure Funding and Jobs Act – to the Monongalia County Fee to restore and rehabilitate I-79 exit 155, which serves as the first vehicular connection from I-79 and Morgantown, Star Metropolis, Granville and WVU.

Capito wrote a letter of help for the challenge to the U.S. DOT in August.

She mentioned Friday, “The Chaplin Hill Gateway Challenge will assist enhance site visitors, improve security and improve core transportation infrastructure in Monongalia County. For all those that stay and work within the space, in addition to these touring by, this funding will make a transformational distinction and I’m excited for this challenge to maneuver ahead.”

Manchin additionally despatched a letter to the DOT earlier this 12 months. He mentioned on Friday the challenge “will create job alternatives for surrounding communities, bolster financial progress and enhance security for native vacationers. Once we make sensible investments in our roadways that hard-working West Virginians and small companies depend on, we’re constructing a greater future for the state. I look ahead to seeing the optimistic impacts of this challenge for years to come back.”

The challenge has a number of elements, together with changing I-79 bridges over Chaplin Hill Street, reconstructing the exit 155 interchange, WB I-79 flyover reconstruction, and a pedestrian and bicycle connection between the Star Metropolis bridge and the regional rail-to-trail community.

Manchin additionally famous that he secured $2 million for I-79 Exit 155 repairs and rehabilitation as one of many Fiscal 12 months 2023 (which ended June 30) Congressionally Directed Spending requests.