Walker County getting ATRIP-II funds for road work

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State officials said Tuesday that intersection improvements at State Road 269 and Mary Lee Road in Walker County, with funding made available under the Rebuild Alabama Act. 

According to state Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, the work will include adding a turn lane and acceleration lane on State Road 269 and re-aligning Mary Lee Road with that road.

A total of $503,090 in the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP-II) funds will be contributed, as well as $25,000 in local funds, for a total of $528,090. The total cost of the entire project, with other available funding, amounts to $1.1 million. 

Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced that more than $45 million in funding is being awarded to cities and counties for various road and bridge projects. 

The funding is made available through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP-II), a program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act. The Rebuild Alabama Act requires ATRIP-II to be an annual program setting aside a minimum of $30 million off the top of ALDOT’s share of new gas tax revenue for projects of local interest on the state highway system.

There were 27 projects selected for funding for a total of $45.99 million, Ivey said in a statement. Of those awarded projects, 20 were from cities and counties putting forward local funds, for a total of approximately $15.7 million. However, matching funds were not a requirement to be eligible. 

Sen. Greg Reed, R-Jasper, said in a statement, “The grants announced today will promote increased economic development opportunities and deliver much-needed infrastructure projects to Walker and Tuscaloosa counties. As our community continues to grow, a strong partnership between our local leaders and the state of Alabama will be critical. This is just another example of the importance of that relationship and the benefits it brings to our area. 

“These grants give me a personal sense of happiness because at the end of the day, they are not simply investments into a project, but they are investments into a higher quality of life for the people who live and work in my district, who I am honored to represent in the Senate. 

“I appreciate Governor Ivey’s leadership and her inclusion of these projects in her grant announcement today, and I thank her for the consistent support she and her administration bring to our community.”   

Ivey said in a statement that the projects were selected by the ATRIP-II Committee, which was created by the Rebuild Alabama Act. Some of the projects are expected to  be under contract during Fiscal 2021. All projects are required to move forward within two years of the awarding of funds.

“In Alabama, across our country and around the globe, we are all still working to get COVID-19 behind us, but here at home, we have not forgotten other priorities. Even as we are overcoming new challenges with the virus, we remain ever committed to making needed improvements to our infrastructure,” Ivey said. “I am proud that Rebuild Alabama continues making these investments possible in areas all across our state. Alabama continues to show progress and tangible results for the people of our state.” 

For more information about the ATRIP-II Program, visit https://www.dot.state.al.us/atrip2/.