Grant to Improve Cheat River Access
Morgantown Dominion Post
6 August 2014
By Michelle Wolford
KINGWOOD — A $24,000 grant will help improve Cheat River access.
Friends of the Cheat Executive Director Amanda Pitzer said the
grant is to design and construct a river access within Rowlesburg
city limits. The access is to be designed within Americans with
Disability Act (ADA) recommendations.
The Federal Highway Administration grant is through the state
Division of Highways’ Transportation Alternatives Recreation Trail
The access will be at a railroad trestle (known as the Black
Bridge) near the Rowlesburg Volunteer Fire Department and the
Black Bridge, Rowlesburg
The site will be part of the Upper Cheat Water Trail, a 40-mile
recreational water trail between Hendricks, in Tucker County, and
The timeline for the project is “about two years,” according to
The first step in the process was approval by Rowlesburg’s town
council. Mayor Barbara Banister said that was granted unanimously
at council’s July 28 meeting.
Step two will be a meeting of FOC and stakeholders to determine
what the layout of the access might look like.
Concurrently, “we’ll hire an engineer to bring those ideas to
life,” Pitzer said.
Rowlesburg “is the perfect place for it,” she said, with the World
War II museum and all they’re already doing for veterans.”
“There’s a lot of people who used to fish a lot and are getting
older and are not able to climb the bank to get to the river,”
Banister said. Improved access will allow them “to get in a boat
and fish and also fish off the dock.”