More federal dollars allocated for area bridge work

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito has announced $20 million will be directed to repair 19 bridges rated in poor condition along Interstate 79 in Harrison, Marion, and Monongalia counties.

Capito is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee and chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee and the funds are from the Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) discretionary grants program.

“BUILD grants are extremely competitive, which makes today’s announcement very exciting. I’m proud my chairmanship and my personal relationship with Secretary Chao continue to deliver results in the form of federal investments in critical West Virginia infrastructure projects,” Senator Capito said. “Our state’s topography means West Virginia is full of bridges, many of which are due for updates. This bridge project is a major undertaking and a priority of the West Virginia Department of Transportation, and this funding will go a long way in helping complete the project in a timely manner. Of course, these bridges in North Central West Virginia aren’t the only ones that need attention. That’s why I worked to ensure there was a specific set aside for bridges in the federal highway bill. As we look to renew and repair America’s infrastructure, we must ensure bridges aren’t overlooked.”