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Fancy Gap lands $8 million for public utilities

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By Christopher Brooke, Reporter

FANCY GAP — Carroll County reached a milestone Friday by landing more than $8 million in federal stimulus funds to build the Fancy Gap water and sewer projects.

The announcement made by 9th District Rep. Rick Boucher is the third Carroll County Interstate 77 exit to receive federal funds for a water and sewer project, just as the recovery act money has supported the distribution system for regional water as well as sewer for Wildwood Commerce Park at Exit 19 and the installation of water and sewer to serve the Love's truck stop and other planned businesses at Exit 1.

The funds for Fancy Gap will pay for the construction of 13 miles of wastewater lines to serve 65 homes and businesses, 13 miles of water lines to connect to 190 homes and businesses and a 200,000 gallon storage tank, Boucher said.

The success in receiving funds for Fancy Gap to promote economic development means, as Supervisors' Chairman David Hutchins pointed out, that all three interstate exits in Carroll County will have water and sewer when construction wraps up.

That was a goal for the supervisors since they took office 21 months ago.

"I think today we're saying we've covered the exits," Hutchins noted.

• For more information about the announcement, please see Monday's edition of the newspaper or return to www.galaxgazette.com for updates.