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State awards grants to repair roads and bridges

MONTGOMERY Several area road and bridge projects will share in more than $40 million of state transportation funding for cities and counties.

The funding, announced by Gov. Kay Ivey, is made available through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP-II), a program created by the Rebuild Alabama Act. The annual program sets aside a minimum of $30 million off the top of the Alabama Department of Transportation’s share of new gas tax revenue for local projects on the state highway system.

“Through the continued, steadfast implementation of the Rebuild Alabama Act, I’m proud to announce the allocation of over $40 million in state transportation funding. This is a substantial investment that underscores our dedication to enhancing roads and bridges statewide,” said Ivey. “Alabamians deserve nothing short of excellence in their infrastructure, and Rebuild Alabama is continuing to deliver long-term results that are felt across every stretch of our state.”

There were 26 projects – including five in North Alabama – selected for funding for a total of just over $40 million in state transportation funding. Of those awarded projects, 18 were from cities and counties putting forward more than $18 million in local funds. Under the ATRIP-II program, there is no requirement that local governments put up matching funds to be eligible.

The North Alabama projects are:

  • Cullman County – Hanceville
    Intersection improvements at U.S. 31 and Alabama 91, including right-turn lane on Alabama 91 and traffic signal upgrades. $433,500
  • Limestone County – Athens
    Realign South Clinton Street at U.S. 72, including turn lanes and traffic signal. $508,852.55
  • Madison County
    Intersection improvements at U.S. 431 and Grimwood Road/Walker Lane, including left/right turn lanes and a new traffic signal. $2 million (from state); $2,742,787.70 (matching funds); $4,742,787.70 (total)
  • Marshall County
    Roundabout at the intersection of Alabama 205 and Oneonta cut-off road/Turnpike Road. $2 million (from state); $317,645 (matching funds); $2,317,645 (total)
  • Morgan County – Hartselle
    Realign Sparkman Street at U.S. 31 and Lane Road intersection, including access management and a new traffic signal. $2 million (from state); $1,175,031 (matching funds); $3,175,031 (total).

The state has now awarded more than $180 million in state transportation funds under ATRIP-II since the program’s creation in 2019.

The projects were selected by the ATRIP-II Committee created by the Rebuild Alabama Act. It is anticipated that a number of projects will be under contract during the 2024 fiscal year, however all projects are required to move forward within two years of the awarding of funds.

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