Ivey, ALDOT announce grant funding

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Published: Jan. 16, 2020 at 11:45 AM CST
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Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation announced $7 million in funding for road and bridge work that includes projects in Sumter and Choctaw counties.

The money is made available through the Annual Grant Program, a new program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act. Its 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.

Resurfacing of County Road 43 in Choctaw County, from Alabama 1 to Alabama 17 is included. The state grant of $250,000 will be added to $58,107.85 in local funds to pay for the project.

The town of Cuba is also benefiting from a grant of nearly $250,000 for resurfacing of 4th Street, Railroad Avenue, 5th Avenue, 4th Avenue, Outside Street, Pretty Branch Road, 2nd Avenue, 3rd Avenue, 2nd Street, McGowen Lane and 8th Avenue. No matching funds are required.

“An investment in our roads and bridges is an investment in the future of Alabama. These $7 million in funds will go a long way in helping communities across the state address various road and bridge projects,” Ivey said. “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. A second award cycle is expected later this year to award the remaining $3 million, 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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