Ohio Valley General Hospital receives grant to upgrade parking

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Ohio Valley General Hospital has received a $250,000 grant to upgrade the patient and visitors parking lot at the hospital's main campus on Heckel Road in Kennedy.

The money will be used to replace the existing two-tier parking lot with a single-tier lot that administrators say will be safer and easier to navigate.

The lower and upper lots are separated by a steep bank. Plans call for the bank to be eliminated by lowering the upper lot and raising the lower lot to create a level parking area, a hospital spokesman said.

Construction is expected to begin this summer and last about four months.

During construction, patients and visitors will be directed to park in the lot in front of the medical office building, which is adjacent to the hospital.

"The safety of our patients and visitors is paramount to our mission," hospital president and CEO David W. Scott said.

"We continuously evaluate the need for infrastructure improvements, and we are grateful to Allegheny County for granting us the funds to make these necessary upgrades to our parking lot."

The grant comes from the Allegheny County Community Infrastructures & Tourism Fund, which is overseen by the Redevelopment Authority of Allegheny County.

It provides financial assistance to help economic development by stabilizing or correcting existing infrastructure problems or planning and preparing sites and buildings for future use.

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Linda Wilson Fuoco: lfuoco@post-gazette.com or 412-722-0087.


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