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Westover secures $400,000 for Fairmont Street sidewalk undertaking

WESTOVER — Westover Public Works Director Jason Stinespring relayed some excellent news Monday night concerning town’s efforts to construct a sidewalk alongside Fairmont Street. 

“They lastly introduced the Group Improvement Block Grant awards, and we have been awarded $400,000,” Stinespring informed members of Westover Metropolis Council. 

The undertaking will assemble a sidewalk and stormwater enhancements alongside Fairmont Street, from Savannah Avenue towards Dents Run Boulevard.  

The native match for the CDBG cash will come by means of $100,000 from Mountain Line Transit. For its half, Mountain Line is requesting a 322-foot part of sidewalk alongside DuPont Street, from the driveway of its central workplace to its higher park and journey lot. 

In October, town acquired phrase from the Morgantown Monongalia Metropolitan Planning Group that it’s going to direct $400,000 in Floor Transportation Block Grant {dollars} to help the Fairmont Street sidewalk undertaking. Westover will present a $100,000 match for these funds. 

“So, between the Group Improvement Block Grant and the MMMPO cash, we’ve $1 million for sidewalk and drainage on Fairmont Street,” Stinespring stated. “Everyone knows from taking a look at Holland Avenue that costs have gone up loads. It’s not going to go so far as it will earlier than, however it would nonetheless go a great distance.” 

Talking of Holland Avenue, council permitted $25,000 to have Thrasher Engineering present preliminary designs for a beautification and pedestrian security undertaking alongside decrease Holland Avenue. 

Thrasher’s Doug Smith beforehand estimated the price of new lighting, railing and a few sidewalk work at round $250,000 although a big element of this design course of will likely be nailing down prices and looking for funding companions. 

“When you see the design you possibly can approve or not approve the undertaking,” Metropolis Legal professional Tim Stranko stated. 

Smith stated he’s nonetheless pushing to get the bigger Holland Avenue undertaking, in addition to the development of a brand new Dent’s Run pump station, underneath means within the spring at a mixed price of $8.25 million.