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City, county get $7 million from ATRIP

Published 10:31am Thursday, August 1, 2013

Gov. Robert Bentley’s announcement of the third round of local highway funding under the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, or ATRIP, netted more than $7 million in state funding for county roads and city streets in Tallapoosa County.

Tallapoosa County Engineer David L. Moore said the ATRIP program already made possible the resurfacing of County Road 89 North near Camp Hill, a project funded in round one.

This most recent funding announcement will make possible the replacement of a bridge on Town Creek Road, at a cost of approximately $500,000. $400,000 of that will come from the ATRIP program, with the balance paid as a county match.

It will also fund the resurfacing of six miles of Macedonia Road in the Reeltown area, with a projected price tag of $1.1 million, Moore said, with only $221,000 from the county as matching funds.

All told, the three rounds of ATRIP funding has brought more than $10 million in state highway funding to Tallapoosa County’s roads. Moore said the county is “very thankful for the ATRIP program.”

In Dadeville, the program will fund the resurfacing of Lafayette Street from Madwind Road to the city limits at Dudleyville Road. The total project cost is close to $1.4 million, but the city’s match is just $353,500.

Each qualifying project submitted by the county or cities was approved, Bentley said in a letter to Commission Chairman Frank Tapley. The county’s total award topped $7.1 million. Bentley sparked the ambitious highway project in his very first State of the State address.

“ATRIP is making a difference in every county across the state by allowing much-needed road and bridge improvement projects to move forward,” Bentley said.  “As we make these improvements, we’re improving public safety, and we’re also helping attract more jobs.  When companies look for places to build and expand and hire more people, they look for places that have good roads and bridges.”

All told, ATRIP round three poured more than $372 million in asphalt and bridge funding for 45 counties statewide.

The program was funded using GARVEE bonds, which are special bonds issued using the promise of future federal highway funding as collateral.

“Our roads and bridges will be much safer thanks to this program,” he said “and our communities will be in a better position to recruit more jobs.”