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Brooke-Hancock Brownfield Task Force Targets Future Sites for Funding 12.17.2013

On December 11th, the Brooke-Hancock Brownfield Task force targeted numerous sites for potential future priority funding. These sites are detailed in the attached GIS storybook format. The Task Force was established in 2007 to prioritize and lead brownfield site recovery. Since that time, through the generous funding of the US Environmental Protection Agency and the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the Task Force has completed over 30 site assessment; initiated four clean-up grants; and retained or created over 350 local jobs.

Initial Brooke-Hancock Brownfield Grant Sites



New Ohio River Bridge Between Brilliant, OH, and Wellsburg, WV, Reaches Key Achievement Milestone 12.17.2013

On November 20th at the bi-monthly meeting of the Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson Metropolitan Planning Commission (BHJ), Bill Murray from the West Virginia Department of Transportation (WVDOT) announced the US Federal Highway Administration has released a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the New Ohio River Bridge between Brilliant, OH, and Wellsburg, WV. The projected cost of the New Ohio River Bridge is $120 million.

The FONSI is a major and significant milestone. It completes the environmental process and public involvement requirements. It is an endorsement by the US Federal Highway Administration, an essential financial partner in the construction of the proposed $120 million highway link.

Next steps include the preparation of a state line agreement between Ohio and West Virginia and preliminary/final design work. Funding scenarios have been discussed and range from bonding to public-private cooperation.









Anchored by the twin cities of Steubenville, Ohio, and Weirton, West Virginia, our three-county region offers a diversity of assets and challenges. True to our mission, BHJ promotes intergovernmental communication, cooperation, and collaboration on issues and problems that have a greater than local impact. 
As a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) funded by the Federal Highway  Administration and Federal Transit Administration, BHJ is a leader in highway  development to promote access and jobs. As a Local Development District (LDD) funded by the Appalachian Regional Council (ARC), BHJ on a daily basis works to build and maintain crucial water and sewer infrastructure. Listed below is a copy of our Mission Statement.
  • To promote intergovernmental communication, cooperation, and collaboration on issues and problems that have a greater than local impact.

  • To provide coordinated and continued regional planning services.

  • To provide information, facts and quantitative data to help local officials make informed decisions.

  • To serve as a liaison to state and Federal government agencies and assist in the administration of their programs.

 
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