Franklin County Leaders Pleased With ATRIP Funding

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RUSSELLVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Counties across Alabama spent Wednesday updating the public on road and bridge projects being funded through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.

In north-west Alabama, one county is in the process of repaving 118-miles of road way and replacing 11 bridges.

It’s a feat that leaders said could not have be done with-out the state’s help as they point to the freshly paved and striped roads which lead through downtown Russellville.

The new asphalt is part of an $11-million road repaving and bridge replacement program in Franklin County being funded through the Alabama Department of Transportation.

“The average citizen probably does not realize how much this truly means, or what an impact this truly is,” stated Franklin County Engineer David Palmer.

Palmer said ATRIP is a stop gap for the counties and cities who decided to participate in the program.

According to Palmer, it fills the gap between the rate in which roads deteriorate, and how fast the county can generate money to repair or replace them.

“It sort of instantaneously puts us back into a position where we can now maintain our system in a way that we should,” explained Palmer.

He added it would take Franklin County 30-years to generate enough tax money to fund the 35 road and bridge projects that are being handled with this grant.

Franklin County leaders said the 20% matching portion of the ATRIP grant by local funds is nearly $2.5-million.

Engineers are planning on it taking four years to complete the 35 projects listed in the grant.