The city had received $565,000 earlier this year from the Alabama Industrial Access Road and Bridge Corporation for the road, which will benefit industrial facilities owned by HTNA and Fontaine Trailer Company. Once bids for the project were received, an almost $350,000 shortfall was left.
“The bids were substantially more than we expected,” Posey said. “We needed $350,000 more to make the project happen.”
Posey, along with Jasper Industrial Development Board Chairman David O’Mary and Keith Strickland of Goodwyn Mills and Cawood, visited Montgomery last week to ask for the funding.
“We were late getting on the agenda, and we appreciate them allowing us to come speak,” Posey said. “We weren’t sure if we would get the funding, but we felt like we had a strong project that had the potential for a lot of jobs. That’s something they take into consideration.”
O’Mary said the city has quickly built a beneficial relationship with the state highway department.
“In a short of amount of time, we’ve gone from very little of a relationship to a very good relationship,” O’Mary said. “That could be beneficial for our city for a long time.”
Posey said the project will begin almost immediately.
“This is something that we need to get finished,” he said. “Fontaine and HTNA are already in production and this will benefit them quite a lot.”
According to the terms of the agreement, the city is responsible for preliminary engineering costs, right-of-way and utility costs.