Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has presented more than $12.9 million in Small Cities Block Grant funds for 15 critical infrastructure projects for communities across West Virginia.

More than $40 million in other federal, state and local funds will be used to complete the projects.

Small Cities Block Grant funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Community Development Division of the West Virginia Development Office manages the administration of these funds.


- Town of Burnsville (Braxton County) $175,000. This $4.1 million project will extend water service to 68 households along Route 5, Long Shoal Road and Orlando in Braxton County, who currently rely on private wells that provide poor quality water.

- Clay County Commission, $175,000. This $2.9 million project will provide safe and reliable water service to 136 households along Pack Fork Road and Independence Road off Route 16 in Clay County, where residents rely on poor quality wells.

- Ritchie County Commission, $787,500. This $1.6 million project will enable the Ritchie County Commission to extend safe and reliable water service to approximately 45 households within the Union Ridge-Victory Ridge area near Route 50 in Ritchie County.

- Wirt County Commission, $1,000,000. This $6 million project consists of the extension of sewer service to customers in the Newark area and the construction of a new wastewater treatment plant near Spring Valley, as well as the elimination of failing treatment systems, in Wirt County. The project will serve approximately 334 area residents.

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