March 05, 2019

Congress Allocates $1.4 Million To Fix Road Slips In Wetzel County | The Wheeling Intelligencer

Wetzel County will see more than two dozen slips repaired in the coming months as a result of funding provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s public assistance grant program.

U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced this week that $1,422,591 of funding through the FEMA program will assist the West Virginia Division of Highways with repairs to roadways in Wetzel County that were damaged as a result of storms in April 2018. 

West Virginia Division of Highways District 6 Engineer Dave Brabham said the DOH is currently going through a “design” phase of repairing 28 different sites throughout Wetzel County. He said some roads have several designated sites as part of the road repair plan. Brabham said he expects the actual construction to begin immediately and hopes to have all 28 sites repaired by the end of this year.

Brabham said the DOH will be reimbursed by the FEMA funds for any current design work that is being done on any of the slips that resulted from the 2018 storm damage.

“We don’t have to wait on the FEMA money to do this. We can actually start work right away,” Brabham explained. He said he expects all the slip repairs, earmarked with FEMA funds, to be compete by the end of this year.

Manchin said he is grateful that the West Virginia Division of Highways has received this funding.

“In recent years, our state has endured multiple weather-related disasters that continue to impact our roadways across West Virginia. The funding provided by FEMA to WVDOH will help repair and clear roadways that have been damaged by severe storms, flooding, mudslides, and landslides for safer travel. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to fight for the funding that West Virginia needs,” Manchin said.


By:  Scott McCloskey