MARTINSBURG, W.Va. ? A $500,000 allocation for the North Raleigh Street extension in downtown Martinsburg is part of legislation that was approved this week by Congress, but a "big spending battle" between lawmakers and President Bush is shaping up, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito's spokesman said.
Capito, R-W.Va., announced Thursday that the allocation for the project meant to relieve traffic congestion was kept in the Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development appropriations bill approved by House members this week.
"The Raleigh Street extension is a necessary improvement project that provides needed updates to local infrastructure," Capito said in a press release. "I'm happy to see that this funding was included in the final conference agreement."
Capito spokesman Jonathan Coffin said the House vote on Wednesday night fell short of being veto-proof "by a little bit."
Martinsburg Mayor George Karos was happy to hear the bill had advanced, but didn't want to celebrate just yet.