No ATRIP II money has cities and county scrambling to save projects


Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri was counting on the $1.6 million of which the city had applied in ATRIP II funds for a major resurfacing project connecting two major highways-from 195 down 30th Street, to Kelly Hill down to Highway 13. Sunseri is pictured at Kelly Hill.

WINSTON COUNTY   - Winston County did not get a piece of the ATRIP II funding pie this year.  
Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation released $30 million in road and bridge improvement projects under ATRIP II funding, Thursday, Oct. 10. Ivey issued a press release, giving good news to many counties and municipalities, but bad news to other areas, depending on whether or not those areas were approved to receive  ATRIPII funds, which local officials were planning to use for road improvements, along with gas tax proceeds.
The ATRIP II funding is being made available through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP II), a new program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act, which also called for additional taxes to be levied at the gas pump, giving more roadway monies to counties across the state.
However, ATRIP II is strictly competitive. The Rebuild Alabama Act requires ATRIP II to be an annual program setting aside a minimum of $30 million off the top of ALDOT’s share of new gas tax revenue for local projects on the state highway system, according to the Governor’s Office.
In all, 28 projects were selected for funding under this first round of ATRIP II for a total of $30.13 million from ALDOT, with half of the successful applications from cities and counties putting forward $9.5 million in local funds. Matching funds were not a requirement in order to be eligible for ATRIP II, however.

 


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