City, state and local officials broke ground today on a railroad and coal heritage interpretative walkway, the first groundbreaking associated with the Colonial Intermodal Center project.

The walkway will contain signage exploring Bluefield’s history with the railroad and coal industries and is expected to be completed by August. Official construction will begin Tuesday. The signage and walkway will eventually be incorporated into the Colonial Intermodal Center, a transportation hub with room for future businesses.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., who secured a $600,000 federal grant to help with the preliminary engineering and design of the project, congratulated city officials during the ceremony.

“This is a rededication, a rejuvenation and a reimagination of downtown Bluefield,” Rahall said. “Bluefield certainly has a story to tell the current and future generations.”

For more on the groundbreaking celebration, see Saturday’s edition of the Daily Telegraph.

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