WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded a grant totaling $14,880,000 in funding for highway infrastructure improvements in Lauderdale County, Alabama. The grant is made available as part of the DOT Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) Grant Program, which focuses on economic development and infrastructure upgrades.
“DOT’s decision to award Lauderdale County with $14.9 million in funding is a testament to the economic development taking place in the Florence area,” said Senator Shelby. “This BUILD grant will allow for highway improvements that will make the area more attractive to tourists, residents, and businesses. I look forward to continuing efforts with DOT and my colleagues to ensure our local infrastructure supports our state’s economic growth and transportation needs.”
This $14.9 million BUILD grant will expand a stretch of U.S. Highway 72, also known as Florence Boulevard, from a four-lane divided highway to a six-lane divided highway, adding a lane in each direction, as well as concrete curb and gutters. These improvements will alleviate traffic congestion and provide easier commutes for those traveling to and from the area.
“On behalf of the Lauderdale County Commission I would like to thank Senator Shelby and his staff for the hard work and support on this project,” said Lauderdale County Commissioner Roger Garner. “I believe this will be a tremendous asset for our area moving forward. This will help with economic and industrial development for our area. With the addition of the event center to our area, this will be a vital part of the transportation infrastructure. I would also like to thank our local State Senator Tim Melson and Representatives Lynn Greer and Phillip Pettus for all their hard work on this project. Commissioner Joe Hackworth commented on how this will relieve the congestion that already exist in this area. I think this will have a positive impact on our area for years to come.”