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Congressman Mooney Welcomes More than $4M For Infrastructure Projects

Congressman Mooney Welcomes More than $4M For Infrastructure Projects

Washington, D.C. – Today, Representative Alex X. Mooney (WV-2) welcomed $4,244,361.00 in funding from the Community Development Block Grant Program to critical infrastructure projects in the Second Congressional District.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development provides Community Development Block Grant funds to the state. Rep. Mooney supported this funding in the House of Representatives.  

“These critical infrastructure projects are vital to economic growth in West Virginia.  Assuring that West Virginians have access to basic infrastructure, such as potable water and reliable broadband is a priority of mine and I am happy to help make these projects become a reality”, said Rep. Mooney.

“This award is a giant step for us. We are putting out a request for proposals to facilitate the solicitation of consultants who can assist us in moving forward and we thank Congressman Mooney for his support,” said Clay County Commissioner Jerry Linkinogger

“From an EDA perspective, Hampshire County’s strategic approach to sustainable affordable broadband expansion will facilitate opportunity for economic development and job creation in all sectors of industry with focus in technology and manufacturing. Reliable broadband makes Hampshire competitive and equalizes our ability to market and recruit in these sectors,” said Hampshire County Economic Development Authority Director Eileen Johnson

Awards listed below:

Upshur County Commission, $1,216,566
The project will make improvements to the Elkins Road PSD’s existing water distribution system and extend water service to 82 households. Includes upgrade of two water tanks, replacement of 14 deteriorated waterlines, addition of two booster stations, and emergency generators at four booster stations. 

Braxton County Commission, $800,000
This project will extend service and provide potable water to 39 new customers in the Holly and Otter districts. Will install 7.5 miles of waterline, 39 meters, and related components. Will also provide additional fire protection.

Putnam County Commission, $1,500,000
This project will provide potable water to approximately 40 residences along Manila Ridge in Putnam County. This is Phase 2 of the project to extend water service to the Jackson County line with the construction of nearly 38,000 linear feet of new water lines.

Clay County Commission (Regional Grant), $125,000
This $125,000 project is to develop a broadband feasibility and business plan for Calhoun, Clay and Roane counties. This planning project promotes a regional approach to provide a roadmap to provide broadband throughout the three counties, whether it is middle mile, broadband to the home, fiber optics, wireless or white space. (Congressman Mooney provided a letter of support to help secure this grant.)

Hampshire County Commission, $402,795 
This project will expand the county-owned backbone fiber to bring broadband into eastern Hampshire County and the Capon Bridge municipal area. A feasibility study showed that the eastern end of the county has significant small to mid-sized business potential because of its proximity to Washington D.C., and other Virginia metro areas. (Congressman Mooney provided a letter of support to help secure this grant.)

Jackson County Commission, $125,000
The Jackson County Commission will use this grant to implement infrastructure improvements and equipment installation to serve the Sandyville area with broadband internet connectivity.

Morgan County Commission, $75,000This planning project will develop a plan to make affordable high-speed broadband internet service available on a countywide basis utilizing the county’s existing tower structures and radio buildings. (Congressman Mooney provided a letter of support to help secure this grant.)