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Areas in Blount, DeKalb, Etowah and Marshall counties collectively received more than $1 million for roads and bridges.

MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation recently announced $7 million in funding would be awarded to cities and counties for various local road and bridge projects, including more than $1 million for areas in Blount, DeKalb, Etowah and Marshall counties.

The funding was made available through the Annual Grant Program, a new program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act. The Rebuild Alabama Act requires ALDOT to establish an annual program setting aside $10 million off the top of the state’s share of new gas tax revenue for local road and bridge projects.

 “An investment in our roads and bridges is an investment in the future of Alabama,” Ivey said in a statement. “These $7 million in funds will go a long way in helping communities across the state address various road and bridge projects. I am proud to see the continuing positive ramifications from the Rebuild Alabama Act. Soon, every Alabama citizen will feel the benefits from this additional investment in our infrastructure.” 

There were 31 projects selected for funding totaling $7 million from ALDOT. 

Blount County received $251,795 ($1,795 in local funds) to resurface Royal-Liberty Road, Williams-Settlement Road, portion of Nolan Loop, portion of CR-30 and portion of CR-38.

DeKalb County received $246,951.50 ($14,951.50 in local funds) to resurface CR-51 from AL-68 to CR-30.

Sardis City received $500,000 ($250,000 in local funds) to resurface Patterson Street, Sardis Cut Off Road, Gains Street and Son Johnson Street.

City of Grant received $200,384.25 to resurface 9th Street, Echota Ridge/Chera Trail, Fire Tire Road and 5th Street.

Gov. Ivey’s office stated a second award cycle was expected later this year to award the remaining $3 million in funding, with notification to cities and counties coming from the League of Municipalities and County Commission Associations. It is anticipated that all projects will be under contract by the end of the calendar year, after bids are taken.

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Hoghannah

That is terrible! Yet you make it sound great. Roughly $300,000 per county while gas taxes collected in these countries which are used for the grants are probably well in excess of that number. What our local politicians SHOULD DO is collect data how much each count pays in gas tax and demand we receive it back in road construction and repairs.

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