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Stimulus funds drive Grayson road projects

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By Ben Bomberger, Reporter

More than $6 million in American Restoration and Recovery Act funding was allocated to Grayson County for infrastructure projects.

Gov. Tim Kaine announced the funding as part of a more than $1 billion allocation to the entire state.

“These projects are beginning at a time when we are facing a national economic crisis, and they are putting Virginians to work,” Kaine said. “The projects also will pay long-term dividends to all of us, in the form of improved bridges and highways, railways and other transit, sewage treatment and drinking water.

The state is expected to receive about $4.8 billion from the Recovery Act. Individuals, private organizations and businesses, and local governments are also eligible for additional Recovery Act funding.

As more Recovery Act funds are allocated, more jobs and improvements are expected statewide.

The Commonwealth Transportation Board, local governments, the Department of Transportation, Department of Rail and Public Transportation, the Department of Environmental Quality and Department of Health are now getting the work under contract so that jobs are saved and created.

For example, 23 jobs have been created with just two highway-paving contracts, a release by the governor’s office stated.

Among projects in Grayson County are 12 bridge structure repair/replacements and sewer line replacement in the Town of Fries.

The complete list of infrastructure projects in Grayson includes:

Bridge structure repair/replacement:

• Falls Road ($499,950)

• Laurel Creek Road ($440,550)

• Laurel Hill Road ($1,329,900)

• Laurel View Road (north fork of Elk Creek) ($414,150)

• Laurel View Road (south fork of Elk Creek) ($344,850)

• Low Gap Road ($379,500)

• Peaks Mountain Road ($504,900)

• Rose Hill Road ($211,200)

• Virginia route 656 ($605,550)

• Virginia 678 ($330,000)

• Stones Chapel Road ($445,000)

• Winding Road ($226,050)

The Town of Fries was allocated $309,200 for a sewer line replacement.

The infrastructure projects, and jobs created, would not have been possible without the stimulus money provided by the federal government, the governor’s office said.