The Village of West Union will soon start construction on the long-awaited State Route 41 sidewalk project.
The project will help in connecting the main part of the village with the businesses, housing, and healthcare facilities on State Route 41 South.
During May 11th’s regularly scheduled council meeting, leaders voted to enter into a bank loan through the National Bank of Adams County for $180,000, the remaining amount needed to finish phase one of the project. According to Village documents, the Village has earmarked $150,000 from their general fund to finance the project. The Village also received $50,000 through Capital Appropriations set forth by the state of Ohio. The state capital funding was obtained last year by Representative Brian Baldridge. Phase one of the sidewalk project will begin near the studious of C103 Country and will end at the intersection of the Village of West Union Water Department.
“The Village of West Union is very thankful for the allotment of $50,000 made available by the capital budget with the assistance of State Representative Baldridge,” said West Union Councilman Jason M. Francis. “The funds awarded from the capital budget will be used to start phase one of the West Union Sidewalk and Bike Path project on State Route 41. Many of our residents will use this path to access food, supplies, and medical care, as well as travel to and from work.”
During the same meeting, Village leaders accepted a grant through the Ohio Department of Transportation in the amount of $1,001,223 for phase two of the sidewalk project. This phase will begin where phase one ended and continue to the corporation limits.
“When all phases are completed, the project will be nearly a $1.5 million dollar investment in our community and leaves us in a position for future growth of the village,” said Francis.
The project is expected to start in the coming months.