During the June 6 Ronceverte City Council meeting, Mayor David Smith announced the receipt of two planning grants from the Division of Highways Transportation Alternatives grant program in the amount of $133,000. Smith and City Administrator Reba Mohler attended the presentation of the award at the Governor’s Reception Hall on the afternoon of May 18.
The award will be used for the planning study of the Main Street sidewalk system from Cedar Street to Spruce Street in downtown. The results of the study will allow the city to apply for funds through the Division of Highways to complete sidewalk replacement along US 219 (Main Street) in Ronceverte. “We greatly appreciate this award,” said Smith. “We need to understand the issues along this transportation route before we know how to make the necessary repairs. This project will give us some idea of the costs and corrective measures required to make this section of sidewalk walkable and safe.”
The project is part of the community’s “Midtown Project” which is addressing redevelopment of the Fred Workman Bridge, the Shanklin’s Grand Theater, the Bendix Building and other improvements as Ronceverte continues to make infrastructure improvements throughout the town.