Governor Robert Bentley announced new state funding for several road and bridge projects on Thursday, and Marshall County is excited to be on the list.
Gov. Bentley announced more than $100 million worth of local road and bridge projects that will receive funding in the first phase of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, or ATRIP. The program is funded by a bond issue that will be repaid with Alabama’s share of future federal transportation money.
In Marshall County, 12.4 miles of Union Grove Road will be resurfaced between Alabama Highway 69 and U.S. Highway 231. This is one of the most heavily travelled roads in the county.
“Marshall County is ready to go as a full partner with the state on this project which will have a significant positive impact for our residents,” said James Hutcheson, chairman of the Marshall County Commission. “We are delighted that Governor Bentley has chosen to make this important investment in our community.”
Local governments must contribute a 20 percent match for these one-time state dollars. For the Union Grove Road resurfacing project, the state will contribute approximately $1.5 million.
The majority of projects funded in ATRIP’s first round will be contracted out by the end of 2012.
“This project, and the ATRIP program, will improve safety and mobility for all Alabamians while positively affecting the economic outlook for our State,” said Gov. Bentley.