Governor Jim Justice announces $3.43 million in federal grant funding will be used for broadband and wastewater infrastructure improvements in McDowell County.
The Town of Bradshaw will receive $1.5 millions to improve wastewater sanitation services for 109 homes, 18 businesses, and two school facilities. There will also be work done to rehabilitate the existing wastewater treatment place.
Another $1.3 million was awarded to the Town of Iaegar to install 12,000 liner feet of wastewater lines, four pumping stations, and thousands for other pieces of equipment necessary to provide sanitary wastewater service to comply with Environmental Protection Agency Clean Water Standards. This project will benefit 112 homes, several businesses, and an elementary school.
The McDowell County Commission will receive the remaining $630,000 to improve high-speed connectivity in the Bull Creek and Isaban areas of the county. Around 20 miles of aerial fiber lines will be installed to improve internet speeds and reliability to more than 300 households and several businesses. This project will also improve connectivity for telemedicine platforms.
Governor Justice said these grants will benefit more than 500 homes and thousands of people across McDowell County.
“Our rural areas have been neglected for too long, mainly because we never had any money before,” Gov. Justice said. “But since I walked in the door, we’ve been able to do things like getting you these grants that are going to make everyday life here in southern West Virginia better in so many ways it’s unbelievable.”