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Ivey announces 26 local projects getting state highway funds

Twenty-six road and bridge projects around the state will be financed with more than $40 million from a fund created with the 2019 gas tax increase.

The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II is within the Rebuild Alabama Act created five years ago.

“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,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a written statement Wednesday announcing the projects. “This is a substantial investment that underscores our dedication to enhancing roads and bridges statewide.”

It requires each year a minimum of $30 million from the Alabama Department of Transportation’s share of new gas tax revenue to be dedicated to projects of local interest on the state highway system.

A total of $180 million in ATRIP-II funding has been awarded since 2019 when the 10-cent tax increase was approved.

The law also allows for a one-penny increase in the tax every two years based on the National Highway Construction Cost Index. That increase took effect in October 2023, raising the Rebuild increase to 11 cents per gallon.

In all, the gas tax increase was worth about $350 million in 2023 with revenues divided among the state and county and municipal governments. The ATRIP-II program has no local match requirement, but some communities are contributing local dollars to the projects.

“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,” Ivey said.

The projects were selected by the ATRIP-II Committee created by the Rebuild Alabama Act. Projects are required to move forward within two years of the awarding of funds.

Total state motor fuel tax collections have increased in recent years, from about $876 million in 2021 to just over $1 billion in 2023, according to the Alabama Department of Revenue.

The cities and counties awarded ATRIP-II this round are:

  • Elberta, improvements of intersections, added turn lanes and traffic signal at US-98 and CR-87.

  • Foley, improvements of intersections at SR-59 and CR-12 along with turn lanes.

  • Spanish Fort, additional lane at SR-225 from Oakridge Drive to General Canby Boulevard.

  • Blount County, implementation of left turn lanes on SR-53 at CR29, CR-28 Gargus Farm Road and Dow Drive.

  • Clanton, realignment on Autumnwood Lane at US-31, additionally at Country Club Drive and Poplar Springs Road with connector road with US-31.

  • Hanceville, intersection improvements at US-31 and SR 91 with implementation of a right turn lane on SR-91 and upgraded traffic signals.

  • Glencoe, intersection improvements at US-431 (SR-1) and Green Valley Road, with new traffic signal and acceleration lane.

  • Geneva County, implementation of a roundabout at intersection of SR-52, SR-153 and CR-5.

  • Moundville, implementation of SR-69 and Lister Lane with turn and acceleration lanes.

  • Birmingham, new traffic signal and access management at SR-79 at I-59/20.

  • Homewood, traffic signal modifications and access management on Old Montgomery highway to Ventura Avenue.

  • Opelika, implementation of left turn lanes and traffic signal modification US-280 and Frederick Road.

  • Athens, South Clinton Street at US-72 realignment with turn lanes and traffic signals.

  • Madison County, new traffic signal and turn lanes at US-431 and Grimwood Road.

  • Marion County, repavement of five overpasses along I-22 on Aldot Row.

  • Marshall County, implementation of a roundabout at the intersection of SR-205, Oneonta Cut-off Road and Turnpike Road.

  • Mobile County, implementation of a roundabout at SR-193 and Fowl River Road intersection.

  • Pike Road, implementation of roundabouts at SR-126, SR-8 (US-80), SR-8 and Marler Road intersection.

  • Hartselle, new traffic signal and access management at Sparkment Street at US-31 and Lane Road intersection.

  • Phenix City, left turn lane implementation and signal modifications at US-280 and US-80.

  • Shelby County, SR-25 over Camp Branch Creek bridge replacement and approaches.

  • Sumter County, street lighting at US-80 (SR-8), SR-28 and CR-25 intersection.

  • Tuscaloosa County, Bone Camp Road at SR-171 and Jackson Trace Road intersection realignment.

  • Washington County, Implementation of left turn lanes on US-45 and intersection improvement at US-45 and CR-1

  • Double Springs, implementation of left turn lane, extension of right turn lane on SR-33 and CR-24 intersection and addition of an acceleration lane on CR-24.

 

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