MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Tired of bumpy roads and scary bridges? Thanks to new federal funding, you could soon see some major road and bridge work in your area.
On Thursday, Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation announced that $7 million in funding is being awarded to 31 cities and counties across the state for various local road and bridge projects. The money will come from the state’s gas tax increase that took effect last year.
Mayors like Ronnie Marks of Athens are calling this “a game-changer.”
“Moving traffic is so important and when you have bridges and roads that have not had attention for years and years, it needs to be improved,” Marks said.
Marks said infrastructure plays a large role in safety and economic development.
“You’re moving kids to school, you’re moving traffic. In north Alabama, we have a tremendous amount of growth,” he said.
The projects are a mix of both cities and counties in places like Madison, Jefferson, Chilton, Lee, Geneva and Baldwin counties.
“The money that is coming on this helps our cities that are coming out of the great recession, where there was no local funds being generated where they could put towards infrastructure,” said Greg Cochran, deputy director of the Alabama League of Municipalities.
The annual grant program was created under the Rebuild Alabama Act, which was passed by lawmakers last year. The infrastructure bill comprise of a 6-cent increase in 2019, 2-cent increase 2020 and 2-cent increase 2021.
It is anticipated that all projects will be under contract by the end of the calendar year, after bids are taken.
Here is the list cities and counties who will receive funding:
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