Here’s how $135 million in federal funding will be used across Southwest Virginia

Sens. Warner and Kaine have secured funding that will be used across our region

(Mariam Zuhaib, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine have secured about $135 million in federal funding for Virginia in budget bills for the 2023 Fiscal Year.

The legislation now awaits markup and advancement by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

“I’m proud to have worked to secure these investments for communities all throughout Virginia,” said Warner. “By propelling impactful local projects, these dedicated federal dollars will further build on the progress we’ve made through the bipartisan infrastructure law and the many rounds of COVID-19 relief funding authorized by Congress. I look forward to seeing these diverse projects generate jobs, support Virginia’s tourism economy, make neighborhoods safer, and bring communities together.”

“The annual budget is always an important opportunity to fight for Virginia priorities and America’s leadership around the world—and I’m pleased with how that effort is shaping up for the upcoming Fiscal Year,” said Kaine. “I will keep fighting to keep the many critical components of these bills intact as we get this budget across the finish line—from keeping Virginia communities safe from gun violence, COVID, and future health crises; to addressing food insecurity and the root causes of migration.”

If pending bills are passed, this budget includes money for areas in Southwest Virginia including:

  • $2,500,000 for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) efforts to replace the Wiley Drive Bridge in Roanoke
  • $2,000,000 for the Town of South Boston in Halifax County to complete repairs and replace storm sewer lines in the area
  • $2,000,000 to aid Virginia Passenger Rail Authority in its plans to advance rail into the New River Valley
  • $1,201,000 to support TriArea Community Health in the renovation of the Laurel Fork Clinic and Pharmacy
  • $1,000,000 for the New River/Mount Rogers Workforce Development Board in their efforts to grow sector partnerships

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