$14.5 million in aid earmarked for 108 miles of county roads

Published 4:15pm Sunday, October 13, 2013

The equivalent of a quarter century of annual federal aid will help to make more than 100 miles of Elmore County roads safer thanks to the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).
During a press conference Wednesday it was announced Elmore County was awarded $14.5 million in ATRIP funds over three phases of awards to repair 108.9 miles of county roads.
“Without the money we were awarded we may have been able to afford one or two road projects,” said Elmore County Engineer Richie Beyer.
Because of the ATRIP funding, the county will be able to afford 22 road projects throughout the county as well as Millbrook, Tallassee and Prattville.
A joint project with the county and the City of Wetumpka is the widening and resurfacing of Chapel Road from Alabama Highway 14 to Crenshaw Road, which is more than 5.2 miles.
“Close to 3,000 vehicles per day will benefit from the project,” Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis said.
The project could also lend itself to a multi-use sidewalk to connect the residential and commercial area within the city limits, Willis said.
Another $1 million investment through the ­ATRIP funds will be the widening and resurfacing of a portion of Friendship Road from Camellia Drive to Tallassee Elementary School.
“That will certainly contribute to the safety and lessening of congestion on that portion of the road,” Tallassee Mayor Bobby Payne said. “The extra lane there will be a big problem solver.”
At least 4,200 homes along the 108 miles of roads will benefit from the projects with at least 109 businesses and 44 churches within the project limits.
Some of the larger projects include the widening and resurfacing of County Roads 80 (16.84 miles) and 23 (14.74 miles).
The county will have to match 20 percent of the total award ($3.625 million).
“This (award) accelerates meeting their needs whether it be resurfacing, widening or microsurfacing,” Beyer said. “Thanks to the ATRIP money the federal (Department of Transportation) funds may be used to address bridge needs.”
Beyer said the 22 projects will take up to 24 months to reach completion.
And some are already complete.
The resurfacing of East Cotton Road (4.93 miles) is complete, according to Beyer.
With the latest ATRIP projects announced an estimated $966 million will be invested and is expected to generate more than 15,000 jobs throughout the state.

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