The look along Railroad Avenue in Elkins is continuing to improve. The spruced up area is part of a streetscape project to make a nicer entrance to the downtown area.
A chill in the air on Tuesday didn't prevent city and county officials, along with Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito, from seeing a streetscape project finally come to fruition.
"Railroad Avenue has become a main thoroughfare for Elkins, for our tourist traffic going to tourist destinations in the rail yard, and we think it's great to spruce up the look, provide a more scenic environment for the guests coming in and to the citizens of Randolph County," said Robbie Morris of the Randolph County Development Authority.
The Railroad Avenue Streetscape Project was created because of those destinations in the rail yard. The project widened the road by one lane, and sidewalks, curbing, and street lighting have been added, with trees and other features to come later.
"As new development comes to the rail yard, we'll continue to make the infrastructure improvements needed to look as great as it can," Morris said.
The streetscape design will naturally bend into what's located along Railroad Avenue, but it will also draw attention to people visiting Elkins for the first time.
Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capito said it's a vision on how city and county leaders want to attract economic development.
"Well lit beautifully landscaped streetscapes are important, they're important to draw people in it gives that warm and friendly feeling of a vibrant, newer community," said Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, (R) West Virginia.
"They can ride a train, and we have hotels and they can see the American Mountain Theater. They see downtown with the restaurants and retail shops, hey, we can park our vehicle here, and we can make a day of it right here in Elkins." said Elkins Mayor Van Broughton.