The Associated Press
Work is under way for a walkway exploring Bluefield’s history with the railroad and coal industries in West Virginia.
Officials broke ground Friday on the railroad and coal heritage interpretative walkway. Construction is set to begin Tuesday and the project is expected to be completed by August.
The Bluefield Daily Telegraph reports that the walkway will eventually be incorporated into the Colonial Intermodal Center, a transportation hub with room for future businesses in downtown Bluefield.
U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall secured a $600,000 federal grant for the project. He called it a symbol of future economic development for the region.
The Coal Heritage Authority says preserving the area’s coal heritage through the interpretive signage is important not only to Bluefield but to the entire coalfields region in southern West Virginia.