Sen. Brown Announces New Resources to Improve Downtown Streetscape in Perry County

Appalachian Regional Commission Grant Will Help Fund New Sidewalks, Lighting, Ramps, Trees, Benches, and Signs in the Village of Somerset


WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Perry County community received new federal resources to update and improve access to roads and sidewalks downtown. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) awarded a $250,000 grant to the Village of Somerset to install new sidewalks, pedestrian lighting, wheelchair-accessible ramps, trees, benches, and historic signs.

“Ohio’s rural communities and small towns face a heavy burden when financing infrastructure projects,” Brown said. “This improvement project will provide residents and businesses with much needed updates that will encourage investment in the Village of Somerset.” 

According to the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Village of Somerset improvements will have a positive impact on local businesses and residents. The Village expects an increase in foot traffic and tourism. The improvements will be made on north and south Columbus Street and east and west Main Street. In addition to ARC’s $250,000 grant, state and local resources will provide $1,059,000 to complete the project. 


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