The Alabama Department of Transportation is awarding nearly $46 million to cities and counties across the state to fund 27 local road and bridge projects.
[Above photo by the Alabama DOT.]
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, the agency stressed.
The Alabama DOT anticipates that a number of those projects will be under contract during the 2021 fiscal year; however, all those projects are required to move forward within two years of the awarding of funds.
The funding – made available through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II or ATRIP-II – comes from the Rebuild Alabama Act, passed in 2019, that sets aside a minimum of $30 million off the top of the Alabama DOT’s share of new motor fuel tax revenue for projects of local interest on the state highway system.
“In Alabama, across our country and around the globe, we are all still working to get COVID-19 behind us,” Governor Kay Ivey (R) said in a statement. “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.”