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BYRD BUCKS BROUGHT TO W.VA.

November 29, 2008
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Among the major local projects to receive funding since 1990 through Byrd are the following, according to data provided by Byrd's office. When totaled, these projects alone come to $217,888,000.

= Weirton Bypass "Robert C. Byrd Expressway": Byrd added $42.5 million to the Fiscal 1991 Transportation Appropriations bill to construct the Weirton Bypass of U.S. 22, a 2.8 mile segment that completed construction of four lanes for U.S. 22 in West Virginia.

= Wheeling Federal Building/U.S. Courthouse: Byrd added a total of $36.8 million ($7.5 million for the renovations and smaller addition; and $29.3 million for the construction of the large annex) for this project.

= Wheeling National Heritage Area: To date, the Senator has secured approximately $27 million in funding for investments and ongoing technical assistance for the Wheeling National Heritage Area. The single largest project has been the $5.1 million spent on construction of the Artisan Center.

= Robert C. Byrd Intermodal Transportation Center: Byrd added $11.1 million for the construction of the Transportation Center, which was a high priority project of the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation

= Wheeling Jesuit University (WJU) Projects: Byrd has added funds for a number of construction projects and programs at WJU throughout the years, as described below.

= Thomas S. Acker, S. J., Science Center: Byrd added a total of $8.5 million for the construction of the 50,000 square-foot science center.

= Erma Ora Byrd Center for Educational Technologies: Byrd added a total of $10 million for the construction of the Center for Educational Technologies, which houses the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Classroom of the Future, an element of NASA's education program, and a NASA Challenger Learning Center.

Byrd has also supported several programs that have been conducted by the COTF, including the development of "Foundations of Freedom," a DVD education program on the U.S. Constitution - which cost $2.5 million. He also secured funding for a four-year technology training program for math and science teachers throughout West Virginia at a total cost of $13.3 million.

= The Robert C. Byrd National Technology Transfer Center: Byrd added $13.5 million to construct and equip the National Technology Transfer Center. The base operational budget for the NTTC has been supported by NASA at varying levels over the years.

= Wheeling Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility and Armory: Byrd added a total of $6.1 million to construct an Army National Guard Aviation Support Facility and Armory at the Wheeling-Ohio County Airport.

= Wheeling Army Reserve Center: Byrd added $6,808,000 and supported a subsequent reprogramming of $3.5 million for the construction of a new Army Reserve Center and Organizational Maintenance Shop to serve as an Area Support Maintenance Activity.

= The Mine Safety and Health Administration's Approval and Certification Center: As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the Interior, Byrd was able to secure a heavy mining equipment testing facility in Triadelphia. Since 1975, he has obtained approximately $6.28 million for construction and enhanced operations of the Approval and Certification Center.

= Wheeling Creek Watershed: Byrd included language in the report accompanying the fiscal year 1990 Agriculture Appropriations Bill to provide funding for the Wheeling Creek Watershed Project at each incremental stage of the project. The total cost of the project was $22.3 million, with a federal share of $20.8 million.

= Veterans Memorial Bridge: Senator Byrd was helpful in obtaining the federal funding for the construction of the Weirton-Steubenville Bridge, later named the Veterans Memorial Bridge, which spans the Ohio River between Weirton and Steubenville. He specifically added $4 million in the Fiscal Year 1982 Transportation Appropriations bill for this project and included language in the same measure emphasizing that the Weirton-Steubenville Bridge be considered a top priority for uncommitted federal discretionary bridge funding. The total cost of the bridge project was $78.7 million.

= Oglebay Park: Byrd has a long history in funding projects at Oglebay Park. In more recent years, he has added $4 million to appropriations bills that has supplemented Oglebay's efforts to expand and refurbish existing space and to construct new units and rooms to support the increased use of Oglebay's National Training Center for Public Facility Managers.

= Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center at Bethany College: Byrd added $1.2 million for the renovation of the college's 1967 natatorium into a comprehensive health and wellness center

Citizens Against Government Waste lists additional monies obtained for the Northern Panhandle by Byrd just since 2000 - just after he became chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee.

These projects equal another $52,046,304.

2006-2008

= $7,490,238 for West Virginia 2 Improvements

= $2,679,000 for Wheeling Jesuit University to expand the reach of the HEALTHeWV program, an electronic medical records system.

= $1 million for Wheeling Park Commission for the development of training facilities at Oglebay Park.

= $137,816 for the Wetzel County Courthouse

= $ 97,000 for the Augusta Levy Learning Center

= $23,500 for the Nelson Jordan Center program for at-risk youth

2005

= $4,296,000 for the Vandalia Heritage Foundation

= $1,050,000 for the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation

= $97,000 for the Strand Theatre Preservation Society in Moundsville for theatre renovations

= $97,000 for the Tyler County Commission for facilities construction and renovations

= $72,750 for the Wetzel County 4-H Camp in Martinsville for facilities renovation and build out

2004

= $1 million for the Wheeling National Heritage Area

= $3.6 million for Wheeling Jesuit University for the Math and Science Education Initiative

= $5.7 million for the West Virginia High Technology Consortium Foundation, Inc.

= $5 million for the Vandalia Heritage Foundation, Inc. for land acquisition, development needs, community and neighborhood revitalization, and economic diversification

= $200,000 for the Strand Theater Preservation Society for theater renovations

= $200,000 for Wheeling Jesuit University for the Classroom of the Future

2003

= $1.7 million for West Liberty State College to equip its residence halls with Internet access

= $5,732,000 for the Vandalia Heritage Foundation, Inc. for development needs, community and neighborhood revitalization, and economic diversification

= $1.8 million for the National Technology Transfer Center at Wheeling Jesuit University

= $504,000 for the city of Wellsburg for replacement of the 11th Street wastewater lift station

= $500,000 for science and information technology programs at West Liberty State College

2002

= $500,000 to continue the small business development outreach program at Wheeling Jesuit University

= $500,000 for the West Virginia High Tech Consortium Foundation for a small business commercialization grant program

= $2 million for operation and maintenance at Wheeling Creek

= $95,000 for the West Virginia State Museum for its Civil War regimental flag collection

= $475,000 for the Challenger Learning Center at Wheeling Jesuit University

= $350,000 to complete work on a health and wellness center at Bethany College

2001

= $5 million for the Vandalia Heritage Foundation for community and neighborhood revitalization and economic diversification initiatives

= $150,000 for the city of Moundsville for downtown revitalization associated with the Strand Theatre

 
 

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