TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — Once a year members of the Tuscaloosa County legislative delegation meet with the chamber of commerce of West Alabama for the state of the state. Lawmakers get together to discuss key issues from the legislature in Montgomery.
Rodney Sullivan says one of the biggest issues addressed during the meeting was infrastructure. Sullivan says the Rebuild Alabama Act that passed in the legislature is going many cities in Alabama like Tuscaloosa improve roads and aging bridges.
“These projects need to happen, we need to have road improvements. Traffic has been an issue and taking these steps I think will greatly improve it when it’s done. I know its aggravating but in the end will be very beneficial,” Sullivan said.
Sullivan is a State Representative for District 61, that covers Pickens County and Tuscaloosa. He joined seven other lawmakers Wednesday morning at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Tuscaloosa for the meeting. Other topics addressed includes education, health care and the lottery.
“I think anytime the Tuscaloosa delegation can get together and have this kind of forum and have the community to come out to hear what we have to say is beneficial for them and us”.
Many were on hand at the state of the state including Tera Tubbs. She is the director of infrastructure and public services.
“Well Tuscaloosa has grown over the past several years, and so our infrastructure has to expand with that. So this will give the city the ability to add turn lanes the access they need to better serve the citizens and those who drive on our roads,” Tubbs said.
As a result of the Rebuild Alabama Act, the states sales tax on fuel will be raised. The money will be invested in roads and bridges. More than 250 people attended the state of the state.