New website and funding for Rail-Trails
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WVRTC is a statewide advocacy and networking organization that helps connect people and communities with resources to plan, acquire, build and maintain rail-trails in West Virginia.



December 2016
New Website launched for WV Rail-Trails

The WV Rails to Trails Council has launched its new site with a new look and more resources for trail users and trail managers:   WVRTC hopes that with the help of the WV rail-trail community, the website and other social media will be great tools used to promote, grow, and improve rail-trails in West Virginia.    

PLEASE HELP us make this tool useful and current by:

•    Sending us edits on needed corrections or updates-
•    Linking your site to our site.  We love partnerships!
•    Spreading the news to other trail friends, advocates, and partners
•    Adding to our trail calendar with your fund-raising and friend-raising events 
•    Sending us your high resolution rail-trail photos, we are still missing many-

Thank you to LMC Associates for website development and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for resources and the invaluable  We also utilized the maps and information at the WV Trail Inventory, another great resource for WV trail maps. 

The WVRTC website development project received funding from the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program administered by the West Virginia Department of Transportation, Division of Highways.

Rail-Trail & Bike/Walk Infrastructure Funded

On November 29, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced grant awards to fund 54 community and infrastructure projects across the state. The Transportation Alternatives and Recreational Trails Grant programs will provide more than $7 million for a variety of improvements.

Funding is provided by the Federal Highway Administration. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the programs.

Of the 14 Recreational Trails Grants, totaling $1,158,538, the following 4 were for rail-trails:

North Bend Rails to Trails Foundation, Inc. (Doddridge and Harrison)
North Bend Rail Trail Restoration
Federal Funds Awarded $80,000

Friends of the Cheat (Preston)
Cheat River Rail Trail Design and Construction Phase I
Federal Funds Awarded $150,000

Friends of Blackwater (Tucker)
North Fork of Blackwater Trail Development Project
Federal Funds Awarded $74,238

Preston County Parks and Recreation Commission (Preston)
WV Northern Rail Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $71,600

Of the 40 Transportation Alternatives Grants, totaling $5,917,737, the following 4 were for rail-trails or to directly link to rail-trails:

Morgan County Commission (Morgan)
Morgan County Commission/North Berkeley Rail Trail III
Federal Funds Awarded $160,000

Brooke County Commission (Brooke)
Brooke Pioneer Expansion North Connector
Federal Funds Awarded $50,000

Oak Hill, City of (Fayette)
Oak Hill Main Street and Central Avenue Connector Trail
Federal Funds Awarded $60,000

Oak Hill, City of (Fayette)
Oak Hill Lighting and Security
Federal Funds Awarded $192,000

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