November 18, 2021

Manchin, Capito Announce RAISE Grant For Infrastructure Improvements

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced a $1,750,000 Rebuilding Americas Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equality (RAISE) grant to support the Charleston Capital Connector Project. Specifically, the funding was made available through the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and will upgrade approximately 3.5 miles of the Kanawha Boulevard East and approximately 0.25 miles of the adjacent Greenbrier Street corridors. The project will also plan and design bike lane extensions to the South Side Bridge and 35th Street Bridge.

“Investing in infrastructure projects across West Virginia will have a monumental impact on our communities and local economies. For months, I have been advocating for the Charleston Capital Connector Project, which will upgrade and improve the Kanawha Boulevard corridor and Greenbrier Street gateway. In October, I called Department of Transportation Secretary Buttigieg and urged him to make this project a reality, and I’m pleased DOT heeded my request to improve our capital city. As we work to put the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill into action, I will continue to advocate for infrastructure projects across the Mountain State,” Senator Manchin said.
“Residents of Charleston and Kanawha County know how important both the Kanawha Boulevard East and Greenbrier Street corridors are to accessing various parts of the city. That is why I personally advocated for the necessary resources to complete this vital project. Investments into our roads, bridges, and core infrastructure can help modernize our cities, spur economic development, and make travel far more efficient and safer. Projects like this were top of mind as I helped craft the bipartisan infrastructure package, and will continue to be a primary focus through my work as Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee,” Senator Capito said.