CITY OF HOPEWELL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: July 2, 2021
Kemi Okeowo, Public Information Officer
(804) 541-2243 ext. 132
Cattail Creek Crossing Project Receives Federal Funding through Congressman A. Donald McEachin
HOPEWELL, VA — The City of Hopewell has been approved to receive $750,000 through Community Project Funding (CPF) for the Cattail Creek Crossing Project. The new CPF program, formerly known as earmarks, allows members of Congress to request direct funding for specific entities and projects in their districts to serve the public good and ensure that taxpayers have a greater say in the federal spending process.
“It is my honor to fight for our district in Congress, and I am proud to have secured funding for the Cattail Creek project. This infrastructure improvement project will facilitate movement in Hopewell and increase safety for pedestrians and cyclists at this critical crossing,” said Rep. McEachin (VA-04). “I will continue advocating for our district to ensure that we get the federal funding we need to modernize our infrastructure and strengthen our community.”
Currently, for large storm events in Hopewell, the storm drainage builds up until it reaches the bed of the parallel CSX railroad tunnel. This buildup, due to the substandard culvert sizing, potentially leads to damage to the CSX infrastructure, increased risk of train derailment, and possible upstream residential flooding with resulting property damage.
The Cattail Creek Project will include the installation of two (2) new 48-inch diameter culverts to increase capacity of the system to accommodate greater storm events. This is currently the highest-ranking project for the City of Hopewell in the Pre-Disaster Mitigation (FEMA) category of Community Funded Projects.
“The City of Hopewell wishes to provide our sincerest gratitude to Congressman McEachin and the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee for their support of the Cattail Creek Improvement Project,” said Hopewell Mayor, Patience Bennett. “The receipt of this tremendous funding will greatly improve and strengthen the resiliency of our community by increasing the flow capacity of Cattail Creek channel and culverts crossing CSX & Norfolk Southern RR to address repeated flooding and damage to infrastructure. We are excited to receive federal support for this important and timely project.”
The Cattail Creek Crossing Project was one of ten projects that were ultimately submitted by Rep. McEachin to the House Appropriations Committee for funding consideration. As part of the congressional approval, the City is required to provide a 25% match to reach the $1 million project total.
Last modified: July 2, 2021