Oak Hill receives grant for sidewalk upgrades

OAK HILL, WV (WOAY) – A new grant award of $200,000 will help the City of Oak Hill connect sidewalks from White Oak Rail Trail to along Main Street.

“This area of Oak Hill has been blithe, it’s been improving vastly, we have a dog park on central avenue, several businesses, and a community center,” said City Manager, Bill Hannabass.

Officials believe the plan, which is to improve the infrastructure, will revitalize the area.

“The City of Oak Hill has demolished two dilapidated structures on this stretch of road, so it’s an improvement, and also have been targeted to be improved,” said Hannabass.

Residents of these communities will soon have a safer way to walk to shops, restaurants, and services. Residents and visitors will be able to reach those communities and the many businesses along the route while traveling on foot.

“I think that sidewalks are essential, they are important to all communities. The walkability of a community is very important,” said Hannabass. “And with recreation amendments like the White Oak Rail Trail is a primary recreation of residents and visitors. However, there is always an economic development factor. We want people to enjoy the trail, and we also want them to spent money; it makes the world go around.”

Hannabass says residents can expect to see construction in the next couple of months.