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County, city to benefit from $10 million in grants

Published 6:48pm Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Tallapoosa County and city officials gathered Wednesday morning at the courthouse in Dadeville to proclaim the more than $10 million in road and bridge improvements made possible by the Alabama Transportation Improvement and Rehabilitation Program.
Commission Chairman Emma Jean Thweatt was joined by mayors Joe Smith of Dadeville and Charles Shaw of Alexander City, as well as Tallassee City Councilman Charles Blalock and County Engineer David Moore for the event, which was organized by the Association of County Commissioners of Alabama.
The ATRIP program was launched in 2012 by Gov. Robert Bentley, who promised in his State of the State address to extend more than $1 billion in funding to county and local governments statewide. A whopping $10,467,798 was granted to resurface, rehabilitate or replace roads and bridges in Tallapoosa County.
Asked Wednesday if the work would have been possible without the state assistance, the assembled leaders gave a resounding “No!”
“(The ATRIP projects) have been the largest road projects our city has ever done,” Shaw said. “In the last 20 years we haven’t spent as much as we’ve been able to thanks to ATRIP.”
Thweatt said she couldn’t remember any governor in the past taking as much interest in local road work as Bentley has.
County projects funded through the program include the completed resurfacing of County Road 89 near Camp Hill, the impending replacement of the bridge over County Line Creek on Hampton Road and the designed bridge replacement over Town Creek.
Alexander City projects include the resurfacing of Coley Creek Road, Scott Road and Sunny Level Cutoff and bridge replacements on Parrish Street, Sportplex Boulevard and Scott Road. The program is also funding the resurfacing of Hillabee Street, Coven Abbett Highway, Lee Street and Washington Street.
Shaw said the necessary matching funds for the $1.9 million in matching funds for the bridge and road work was made possible by “pinching pennies” in the capital budget this year.
“But the city’s in good shape for it now,” he said.
Thanks to ATRIP, Dadeville will get Lafayette Street repaved from U.S. Highway 280 to Dudleyville Road on one side of downtown, and from the other side of downtown to Madwind Road.
Blalock said they were happy to see the replacement of a bridge on Oak Heights Road, which he said is the oldest one in the city, built in 1928.
Moore said the county has been saving money for the matching funds for the last “three or four years.”
All told, the county and cities will need $2,093,559 in matching funds.