In three rounds of ATRIP funding distributed, Talladega County was awarded a total of $14.5 million for nine projects within the county, Talladega and Lincoln.
To receive ATRIP funding for projects, the local government responsible for maintaining the roadway must provide a match of 20 percent and may choose to match up to 50 percent.
County engineer Tim Markert announced design work is complete on the first project listed, a bridge on Stemley Road over Choccolocco Creek valued at more than $4.5 million. The project is scheduled to be let for bid in September 2014.
Figures provided by the state Highway Department show that of the $4.5 million, the county provides a local match of slightly more than $903,000.
Three projects on the list involve resurfacing projects for Speedway Boulevard, Talladega County 002 and Fay S. Perry Road. Markert said the projects, scheduled to be let for bid in March 2014, are currently in various stages of preparation and permitting.
The total cost for the three county resurfacing projects total more than $3.15 million, with more than $750,000 representing the county’s local match.
A new road and bridge to connect Talladega County 47 to Alabama 21, currently in the early stages of design, is scheduled to be let for bid in the fall of 2014. The project costs a little more than $6.18 million to complete.
Markert cautioned the suggested dates are tentative and could be subject to change as the planning stages progress.
City manager Brian Muenger discussed three projects within Talladega to replace substandard bridges at Isbell Circle over Town Creek, Coosa Street over Isbell Branch and West Street over Isbell Branch. The three bridges will cost a little more than $1.05 million, with the city matching more than $210,000.
“It’s been a large goal of the city for a number of years to fix these bridges,” Muenger said. “The plans for Isbell Circle — which is especially important because it’s a single point-of-entry for that neighborhood — we were in a preliminary design phase with it before ATRIP even became available. The two other bridge projects, because they’re on adjoining streets and within close proximity, we were allowed (by the state) to combine them as a single project. We’re in the design phases for both bridges.”
The projects are scheduled to be let for bid in early 2014.
According to Muenger, weight limit signs posted near those signs preventing school buses and other large vehicles from passing along those bridges accelerated the need for these projects.
Lincoln Mayor Bud Kitchin said the project submitted to ATRIP at his request, a $3.37 million widening and resurfacing project on Magnolia Avenue between U.S. 280 and Alabama 77, is scheduled to be let for bid in March 2014.
“We’re hoping these improvements will continue to attract more commercial businesses to that district, such as with Wilco-Hess,” Kitchin said. “Everything just fell perfectly into place with them because they came in and said if we can do those types of improvements to the area, then they were interested in sealing the deal. We’re looking to draw in more business along the Alabama 77 corridor.”
Kitchin said the project also includes traffic signals to be added to the intersections where the exit and entry ramps for Interstate 20 meet Alabama 77.
Lincoln contributed more than $675,000 to fulfill the ATRIP match requirements.
Rep. Steve Hurst, R-Munford, commended the officials involved in distributing the ATRIP funds.
“I want to thank the governor for putting this program forward, the (Talladega County Commission) for doing all the legwork and the delegation for coming together and making these projects possible,” Hurst said. “A lot of these projects have been needed for a long time.
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