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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
More than 250 new road and bridge improvement projects have
been scheduled to move forward under the new Rural Assistance Match Program
championed by Gov. Robert Bentley.
The Rural Assistance Match Program, or RAMP, allows rural
areas that couldn't participate in the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation
and Improvement Program (ATRIP) due to a lack of funding the ability to access
the money needed for essential road and bridge improvements.
Previously, 61 of 67 counties in Alabama received funding
through ATRIP which was established by Gov. Bentley in 2012. With the
additional RAMP funding all Alabama counties will now benefit from road and
"Already, ATRIP is making a positive difference in
communities across the state. Now, thanks to RAMP funding, every single
county in Alabama
will have better roads," Governor Bentley said. "I don't want school
buses to have to go around bad bridges. I don't want communities to be
limited by outdated roads. Improving our roads and bridges will improve
public safety across the state and lead to more job creation. As we
improve roads and bridges in rural areas, we'll make those communities more
attractive to companies that are looking for places to build and expand.
These companies need good infrastructure to transport their products;
that's exactly what ATRIP is giving them."
ATRIP, funded through the use of GARVEE bonds, provides
counties with funding needed for road and bridge improvements with a 20%
matching requirement on the county's behalf. The RAMP initiative takes ATRIP
one step farther by providing funding to the counties unable to meet the 20% matching
requirement for bridges traversed by school bus traffic and therefore eligible
for federal funds. If all eligible bridge replacement
needs are fulfilled, local governments are then able to request funding for
other road improvement projects deemed eligible to receive ATRIP funding.
Under RAMP, counties and cities
are eligible to receive up to $1 million in state funds to match an additional
$4 million in federal funds. RAMP allows the Alabama Department of
Transportation to sell bonds to provide the local match to participating
counties and cities. In addition to the $5 million total for RAMP, some
counties are eligible for up to a total of $2 million in additional funding
where the county must provide the required match instead of ALDOT.
Counties taking part in RAMP
previously had no projects, or only limited projects, as part of ATRIP due to
limited local funds. In all, 22 counties are eligible to participate in
RAMP based on current local funding needs.
RAMP was established by Senate Bill 192, which Governor
Bentley signed into law in April.