Martha SparksSociety Editor
January 9, 2013
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, in conjunction with the Federal Highway Administration and the West Virginia Division of Highways, presented $1,190,241.90 in federal funds for 22 projects as part of the 2012 Recreational Trails Program.
The Recreational Trails Program (RTP) is an assistance program of the Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The program provides funds through the Safe Accountable Flexible Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU) legislation which allows states to develop and maintain recreational trails and trail-related facilities for both non-motorized and motorized recreational trail use. The West Virginia Division of Highways administers the RTP for the state.
States are responsible for developing their own procedures to solicit and select projects for funding. A Recreational Trail Advisory Board (RTAB) reviews West Virginia’s applications and makes recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation and the Governor.
Funds were awarded to the following:
• Boone County — Hatfield-McCoy Trails Little Coal River, $40,000, and Dartmont Park Walking Trail, $40,000
• Logan County — Hatfield-McCoy Trails Dingess Run, $40,000
• Logan and Mingo Counties — Hatfield-McCoy Trails Browning Fork, $40,000
• McDowell County — Hatfield-McCoy Trails Indian Ridge, $40,000
• Mingo County — Hatfield-McCoy Trails Buffalo Mt., $40,000
• Wyoming County — Hatfield-McCoy Trails Pinnacle Creek, $40,000