Alabama awards $40 million to upgrade roads and bridges

February 7, 2024

The state of Alabama will use $40.3 million to support 26 transportation infrastructure upgrades that will include improving intersections, installing roundabouts and realigning roads statewide. Some of the projects are expected to be under contract this year, according to a release issued by the Alabama Governor’s Office.

The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP-II) will distribute the awards. The program supports Alabama’s public safety and economic growth by funding local government projects related to the state’s highway system, such as roads and bridges.

The Rebuild Alabama Act, a law passed in 2019, created ATRIP-II. The law requires ATRIP-II to set aside $30 million annually of the state transportation agency’s gas tax revenue to support local transportation projects. Local governments are not required to put up matching funds to be eligible for the ATRIP-II program. For this round of funding, however, 18 cities and counties generated a combined $18.6 million to support the projects.

Big-ticket items include $2 million, alongside $4.3 million in local funds, to install a roundabout at the intersection of State Route 193 and Fowl River Road in Mobile County. Another $2 million will go to building pair of roundabouts at the SR 126/SR 8 intersection and at the SR 8/Marler Road intersection in the town of Pike Road. The city will put up an additional $3.8 million in local funds for the project.

Other awardees that will receive $2 million from ATRIP-II include:

  • Geneva County to install a roundabout at the intersection of SR 52, SR 153 and Country Road 5 (CR 5). The project will use an additional $2.8 million in local funds.
  • Madison County to improve the intersection at US 431 and Grimwood Road/Walker Lane. The county will build left- and right-turn lanes and install a traffic signal. The project will use an additional $2.7 million in local funds.
  • The town of Hartselle in Morgan County to realign Sparkman Street at the US 31 and Lane Road intersection. The town will improve access management and install a traffic signal. The project will use an additional $1.2 million in local funds.

The town of Opelika in Lee County to improve the intersection at US 280 and Frederick Road, including building left-turn lanes and modifying the traffic signal. The project will use an additional $848,000 in local funds.

Alabama has awarded more than $180 million in state transportation funds under ATRIP-II since the program was created in 2019. All projects must move forward within two years of receiving the awards.

Strategic Partnerships, Inc. can provide information on contract opportunities, plus existing and future government funding. For more information, contact research@spartnerships.com.

Photo by Chris Pruitt

Paul Stinson

Paul Stinson has more than 15 years of journalism experience, including a decade covering the legislative and regulatory affairs of Texas, South Africa, and Germany for an affiliate of Bloomberg, L.P. His experience includes covering voting rights and the sectors of environment, energy, labor, healthcare, and taxes. Stinson joined the team in October as a reporter for SPI’s news publications, which include Government Contracting Pipeline, Texas Government Insider, and the newly-launched Government Market News. He is also a Fulbright Scholar to Germany, and an Arthur F. Burns Fellow. He holds a master’s in journalism from Indiana University.   

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