Alabama awards $45M for road, bridge projects

Alabama awards $45M for road, bridge projects
A Rebuild Alabama sign sits at a construction site along U.S. 82 and U.S. 31 in Prattville can be seen in this Jan. 22, 2020 file photo. (Source: WSFA 12 News)

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - More than $45 million is being awarded to cities and counties across the state to fund multiple road and bridge projects, according to the Alabama Department of Transportation and Gov. Kay Ivey’s office.

The money is coming from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II, or ATRIP-II, a program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure.

The act requires ATRIP-II to set aside a minimum of $30 million off the top of ALDOT’s share of new gas tax revenue. The money is used for projects of local interest on the state highway system.

The $45 million will go toward 27 selected projects, the governor’s office said. Though matching funds were not a requirement to be eligible, 20 of the projects were from cities and counties that put in an extra $16 million in local funding.

Counties in the WSFA 12 News viewing area that will get funding for one or more of the 27 projects include Coffee, Dallas, Lee, Macon, Montgomery, and Wilcox.

Coffee County will get $2 million to construct a roundabout at SR-17 and Shellfield Road in Enterprise and is adding an additional $1 million in local funding to the project.

Dallas County will get $182,000 to realign and widen AL-41, add a turn lane on US-80 West, and add an acceleration lane on US-80 East at the intersection of AL-41 and US-80.

Lee County will get $1.3 million to improve access management along Columbus Parkway from Fox Run Parkway to North Uniroyal Road. That includes signal upgrades and a left turn lane on Columbus Parkway. A total of $154,000 in local funding will be added to the project.

Macon County will get $270,000 to add a right turn lane on SR-15 at the entrance of George Washington Carver School.

Montgomery County will get $275,000 to make intersection improvement on US-80 at Mitchell Young Road including lane modifications and a traffic signal. An additional $70,000 in local funding will be added to the project.

Wilcox County will get $1.1 million to make improvements at the intersection of SR-10 and CR-22. Those improvements will include new traffic signals, curb and gutters, sidewalks, crosswalks, and drainage improvements.

The act requires any approved project move forward within two years of funds being awarded.

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