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U.S. Sen. Capito celebrates funding secured to begin Capital Connector Project

West Virginia Press Association

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee and a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, joined Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and other state and local leaders on June 28 to provide an update on the $24,995,250 recently announced funding needed to begin construction of the Capital Connector Project in Charleston. The funding was through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) grant program.

“Completing the Capital Connector Project is critical to the upgrade and redesign of Kanawha Boulevard, and will have a dramatic impact in our downtown area,” Senator Capito said. “That’s one of the many reasons I have been proud to lead the effort in personally advocating for and securing the necessary resources for this project to make sure it is able to move forward successfully. Sound infrastructure is important to the economic development of West Virginia, and investments in our roads and communities – like this one – will raise the quality of life for all who live in and visit our capital city.”

“Senator Capito and Senator Manchin have been instrumental in securing a $1.75M RAISE planning grant and a $25M RAISE construction grant for this transformative infrastructure project. Our Senators’ continued commitment to the City of Charleston, combined with support from the WV Department of Transportation, has positioned us to take the Capital Connector project from shovel-ready through construction,” Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin said. “This project will catalyze over $100M in new economic revitalization projects – including the expansion of downtown housing, investment in a new headquarters for TC Energy that will bring 450 jobs to downtown, and key events such as USA Cycling’s Pro Road National Championships which will take place in our Capital City through 2028.” 

TIMELINE OF SENATOR CAPITO’S EFFORTS:

·        July 2021: Senator Capito wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg advocating for the city’s application for DOT RAISE grant funding for Charleston’s Capital Connector Project’s design phase.

·        November 2021: Senator Capito secures $1,750,000 for Charleston’s Capital Connector Project through a DOT RAISE grant.

·        November 2021: Senator Capito joins Charleston Mayor Amy Shuler Goodwin and other state and local leaders for a press conference to announce a $1,750,000 DOT RAISE grant to support Charleston’s Capital Connector Project.

·        February 2024: Senator Capito wrote a letter to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg advocating for resources to begin the construction phase of Charleston’s Capital Connector Project.

·        June 2024: Senator Capito secures $24,995,250 for Charleston’s Capital Connector Project through a DOT RAISE grant.

BACKGROUND ON CAPITAL CONNECTOR PROJECT:

The City of Charleston, in partnership with the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT), will use the RAISE funding for the Charleston Capital Connector Project to transform the Kanawha Boulevard corridor along the riverfront, and better connect the Greenbrier Street gateway to the community. The Capital Connector Project will enhance safety, pedestrian and bicyclist accessibility, transit access, transportation efficiency, and streetscaping along Kanawha Boulevard from Magic Island to the 35th Street Bridge. It would also upgrade Greenbrier Street from Kanawha Boulevard to Washington Street. The project also includes improved walkability and bike-ability for the Southside Bridge and 35th Street Bridge.

U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) speaks at a press conference
discussing a RAISE grant to support the Capital Connector Project
in Charleston, W.Va. on Friday, June 28, 2024.

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