On Wednesday, Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) announced the allocation of more than $40 million in funding toward county and city infrastructure projects.
The funding for projects to enhance road and bridge infrastructure across the state was made available by the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP-II), created by the “Rebuild Alabama Act.”
ATRIP-II is an annual program that places aside a minimum of $30 million annually specifically for projects of local interest on the state highway system. The program utilizes funds generated from ALDOT’s share of new gas tax revenue.
Ivey outlined her administration’s commitment to ensuring funds generated from Rebuild Alabama would serve to meet local infrastructure needs.
“While our work is far from over, we have made significant progress in improving our roads and bridges thanks to Rebuild Alabama,” advised Ivey. “During my state of the state address, I shared that on top of local improvements, the state has administered projects in almost all 67 counties, and I am thrilled to be announcing additional awards today. I look forward to continue putting every single penny of these funds to good use for the people of Alabama.”
Of the 32 projects, which total $40.31 million in state transportation funding, 17 were from cities and counties putting forward $11.89 million in local funds. Local governments are not required to match funds to meet program eligibility.
The 2022 ATRIP-II project awards can be found here.
According to a release, the State of Alabama has awarded over $100 million in state transportation funds since the program’s inception in 2019.
The projects were selected by the ATRIP-II Committee, a body that was established by the Rebuild Alabama Act. The governor’s office advised that multiple projects are estimated to be under contract during the 2022 fiscal year. All projects are mandated to progress within two years of being awarded.
Dylan Smith is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @DylanSmithAL