Marshall Co. Commissioners Talk Status Updates On Road And Bridge Improvements

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MARSHALL CO., Ala. (WHNT) -- It's a more than a $1 billion project, and Wednesday county and city leaders across the state are getting together to talk about it.

The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation Improvement Program, or ATRIP, aims to improve roads and bridges throughout the state. Wednesday brought county and city officials together to discuss how part of that money is being used.

Hustleville Road is one of the 27 projects Marshall County is working on. Twenty of those projects are county roads and bridges and the other seven are within various city limits.

Hustleville Road is set to be resurfaced. Other areas, like the intersection at State Road 79 and US 431 in Guntersville, will be improved.

Marshall County Commission Chair James Hutcheson says ATRIP was started by the Governor. "Governor Bentley came up with this ATRIP in 2012, and what it is it's state bonds, funded by federal taxes," Hutcheson says.

The funds from the project are mainly for updating roads and bridges, and Marshall County was approved about 17 million dollars for those improvements.

Hutcheson says from the status updates Wednesday, the 27 projects are moving along smoothly. "The Union Grove project, it's the longest in the county, it's 12 point four miles, we got it completed. The rest of them, we're just getting started on those now," Hutcheson says.

He says most of the projects will be finished over the next few years. The county has to match about five million dollars of the project. County Commissioners say the county is approved for a lower interest rate on that money, which lessens taxpayer dollars.

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