Council OKs third round of ATRIP funding
by Ron Harris
Aug 23, 2013 | 1676 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper City Council members adopted a resolution Thursday afternoon concerning the city’s participation in the third round of funding for an Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) grant.

The city’s participation in the program means more improvements for roads in the city in need of repair.

ATRIP is an Alabama Department of Transportation administered federal aid highway program that funds up to 80 percent of the construction of roadway projects.

Mayor Sonny Posey said the city will receive $2.9 million as part of the third round of the program to be used to widen and resurface Viking Drive.

In all, the city will receive more than $11.4 million from the three rounds of the program to use for improvements on Viking Drive, Airport Road ($4.2 million), Walston Bridge Road ($2.5 million), Ninth Avenue ($800,000) and Old Birmingham Highway ($600,000).

The ATRIP funding is being handled in conjunction with the Walker County Commission, which approved its participation in the third round of the program during a commission meeting earlier this week. The county will use its part of the ATRIP funding for road and bridge work on Brown’s Bridge and Smith Chapel Bridge.

The agreement between the city and county is unprecedented, Posey said.

“The city and county is cooperating for, quite possibly, the first time in history,” Posey said. “It’s a precedent-setting action by both bodies.”

The city would not have been able to participate in the program had it not been for the county commission’s participation, Posey said. As part of the agreement between the city and the county, the city will assist the county by providing $420,000 in match money.

“In return for them allowing us to participate in the ATRIP program, we’re going to turn around and do what we should do and participate in their project,” Posey said, adding that county residents spend a large amount of money at businesses in the city.

“This will benefit both the city and the county,” Posey said. “It’s a win-win situation for both.”

In other business, council members:

•approved having a special events alcohol license in the city’s name for the Sept. 7 Foothills Festival. The move comes to avoid having to separate the three restaurants that will be part of a beer garden by fencing in order to comply with rules of the Alabama ABC Board.