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Progress made on Bath Streetscape project

November 08, 2007|By TRISH RUDDER

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. The Streetscape project in the Town of Bath took a step forward Wednesday night when the Streetscape Committee chose an engineering firm to design and implement the improvements plan.

Former Bath Town Councilwoman Garnet Marsh, who is the liaison between the town and the Streetscape Committee, said 10 bids were received, and the decision was made by the selection committee to announce the engineering firm at next week's meeting.

The Streetscape selection committee of Larry Lower, Robert Marggraf, Rebecca MacLeod and Diane Peterson reviewed the bids.

The $200,000 Streetscape funding, which was awarded to the Town of Bath in November 2005 through a federal economic development grant, "is to improve the walk-ability of the town," Marsh said, and will include new sidewalks, lighting and signage.

"We have an idea of what we want," she said.

The first area to be designed is on the west side of U.S. 522. Phase One is on Wilkes Street between Fairfax Street and W.Va. 9 West, Marsh said, and the connecting streets of Congress and Independence, if funds are available.

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Lower said the Streetscape Committee is applying for a $500,000 Transportation Enhancement Grant for Phase Two of the project.

Lower said the committee will continue to apply for grants for each phase of the long-term project.

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