Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe all of these items are funded through TEA-21 pass throughs. These are federal dollars that can only be used for enhancment projects, e.g. trails.Well, I won't say you're wrong. But you appear to be less than right.
From the Virginian Review:
I-64 Project In Statewide Plan
Compiled From Staff and Associated Press Reports
Covington will receive funding for a pedestrian and bicycle project that will involve the construction of sidewalks to link residential areas to the downtown area and commercial centers.
The estimated cost is $668,000 with construction scheduled to begin next year. Construction is expected to cost $589,000, with an additional $80,000 for preliminary engineering. Covington must provide $25,000 in matching funds.
The Commonwealth Transportation’s Board action Thursday came as funding legislation approved by the General Assembly is about to take effect. The six-year transportation plan is sweetened by about $500 million a year that will be generated by the General Assembly’s three-part transportation bill. (link)
The way I read that, it's the state of Virginia (uh, you and me) that is putting up the money - through the department of transportation - for all those hiking trails, bike paths, interpretive centers, blockhouses (!), and now sidewalks.
That would be our cash-strapped department of transportation. A blockhouse.
And let's not let it go unnoticed that a million of our hard-earned tax dollars (over and above what's already been spent) are allocated to repair that damned bridge along the Virginia Creeper Trail that Congressman Boucher and his new bride like to stroll across every year or so.
Sourcing may be something of an issue. But the expenditures themselves are the bigger one. Why can't we take the money being wasted here and devote it to that Coalfields Expressway that Delegate Danny Bowling (D-Tazewell) wants to move forward on? The same Coalfields Expressway that has been languishing for years.
Instead we're putting $1.6 million into a walking bridge that few human beings will ever traverse.
Where are our priorities?