Last week Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation announced $1.7 million in funding being awarded to cities and counties for local road and bridge projects.
This funding is part of ALDOT’s new annual grant program, which was created under the Rebuild Alabama Act, passed in 2019 and funded, in part, through the gas tax increase that went into effect in 2019. Initially, the gas tax was increased in 2019 by 6 cents per gallon, with the Act stipulating that an additional 2 cents tax would go into effect in October 2020 and another 2 cents tax going into effect in October 2021.
Earlier this year, Ivey and ALDOT announced 31 road projects that were funded with $7 million from the increased gas tax monies. We highlighted those projects in January and that story can be found here.
The latest projects approved for funding are as follows:
- In Headline, in Henry County, a resurfacing project of E. Church Street, from Forrest Street to U.S. 431 was awarded $195,331.20, with a local match of $48,832.80, making the total $244,164.
- In Cottonwood, in Houston County, a resurfacing project of Metcalf St. from AL 53 back to AL 53 will take place. The award grant was in the amount of $247,825 with a local match of $22,350 for a total of $270,175.
- In Brilliant, in Marion County, they will resurface 9 streets within the town of Brilliant. The grant award for this project was $250,000 with a local match of $30,450, for a total of $280,450.
- In Pike County, County Road 7707 will be resurfaced from County Road 7718 northward for two miles. This project was awarded grant funds of $250,000 with a local match of $92,977.52 for a total of $342,977.52.
- In Sumter County, a bridge will be replaced on Watson Road over an unnamed creek. This project was awarded grant funds in the amount of $250,000 with a local match of $86,145, for a total amount of $336,145.
- In Tallapoosa County, a bridge painting project will occur on Germany’s Ferry Road over the Tallapoosa River. This project was awarded $225,000 with a local match of $27,246.10 for a total of $252,246.10.
It is anticipated that all projects will be under contract by the end of the calendar year, after bids are taken.