Riley Awards $239,000 Grant to Benefit Crenshaw County

MONTGOMERY-Gov. Bob Riley is awarding a $239,700 grant to provide a vital link to the continued success of a Crenshaw County manufacturer.

Funds will be used to replace a dilapidated bridge between H.E. Browder Veneer Co. and its access to U.S. Highway 331 and other major roads. The existing bridge has several deficiencies resulting in reducing the bridge's weight limit to 10 tons. Browder, which produces veneer for furniture and plywood, has been in business for about 60 years.

"Industries and businesses face enough hurdles in order to succeed," Riley said. "Access to safe and adequate roads to ship products or receive raw materials should not be one of those hurdles. I am pleased to assist the Crenshaw County Commission in this project and their efforts to preserve jobs."

The grant will help the county build a durable concrete and steel-reinforced bridge on County Road 66 at Blue Creek. The existing bridge has cracking in its concrete surface and its timber pilings are severely deteriorated, according the county Engineer's Office. As a result, many trucks and school busses are forced to take alternate and longer routes resulting in loss of time and increased fuel consumption.

Riley notified Ronnie Horton, chairman of the County Commission, that the grant had been approved. Local matching funds of $90,000 will be contributed to the project.

The grant was awarded from funds made available to the state through a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant.