Millions of dollars in upgrades are coming to the downtown area. It’s all in preparation for the relocation of the HealthPlan that’s expected to be completed by next year.
Before the HealthPlan makes its move to the friendly city there are some upgrades that need to take place. The first is a new water storm and sewer system that estimates anywhere between 100 to 120 million dollars.
Right now the city is working with the EPA to come up with a 30 to 40 year plan.
They hope to have this completed by the summer or fall of 2017, which is when the HealthPlan is expected to be completed.
Once this is completed, new crosswalks, lighting, and pavement are next on the list.
“Re-lighting all of downtown Wheeling, re-streetcasping all of downtown wheeling to accommodate all of those other new businesses, going out into individual neighborhoods and having the paving projects down on route 88 and route 40 will then foster other developments in these neighborhoods. There’s a lot of great things happening there’s a lot of momentum happening and I think the tangible results we will be able to see in the next couple of years,” said David Miller, 4th Ward Council.
The downtown area recently doubled their lighting with the help of AEP and plans to do the same in the 16th street area of East Wheeling and in South Wheeling.
This was all announced Thursday at a media lunch with Wheeling City Council Members.
Another big project to happen next summer is work on the Suspension Bridge. Right now officials are working on a new height and weight system for the bridge. They say the plan should be in place by the end of the year.
We will of course continue to keep you updated.