U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced conference committee approval of funding for several projects in the Montgomery area included in the fiscal year 2008 spending bill. The Senate will consider the bill following approval by the House of Representatives. It will then be sent to the President for his consideration.
Franklin Field Airport Development – $1.575 Million
Franklin Field, an airport in Bullock County, will use the funding to acquire land, design and construct a runway extension and renovate the airport.
“Local airports serve as an important development tool for our state’s smaller rural communities, and we must continue to expand and upgrade them to serve the growing demand,” said Shelby. “This project will serve as an important boost to the economy in Bullock County and the surrounding community. A strong transportation infrastructure is critical to attracting new businesses and industry, and I am confident that these improvements will help Bullock County compete.”
Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging – $700,000
There are 13 Area Agencies on Aging in Alabama, each of which provide important services to the elderly across Alabama.
“Many of our state’s seniors are without the resources necessary to drive to their medical visits, the grocery store or to see family and friends,” said Shelby. “The Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides the essential service of helping Alabama’s elderly get where they need to go.”
In addition, the bill provides funding for the following projects included in the Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the Highway and Transit Reauthorization Bill:
City of Montgomery Intelligence Transportation System (ITS) - $1.035 Million
The City of Montgomery’s ITS is part of a national strategy for improving the operational safety, efficiency and security of our highways.
“The Intelligent Transportation System will be used to upgrade traffic monitoring systems,” said Shelby. “The City will adjust traffic lights and install additional camera systems to monitor high traffic areas, particularly during emergency situations. These upgrades will improve driving conditions and safety on Montgomery’s roadways.”
Montgomery Airport Intermodal Center - $1.035 Million
This funding will enhance the development of and connectivity between different modes of transportation with the creation of a ground transportation hub at the Montgomery Airport.
“This project is extremely important to the Montgomery Airport as it continues to expand,” said Shelby. “The Intermodal Center will serve as a hub for park-and-ride patrons, bus, air and private transportation. A reliable and accessible airport is one of the best ways to attract new businesses, and I hope that these improvements to the Montgomery Airport will spur economic development.”
Auburn Intermodal Facility - $1.035 Million
This project will fund Auburn University’s transportation center for the campus.
“The intermodal facility will help meet the needs of the growing Auburn University community,” said Shelby. “Constructing this facility on Auburn’s campus will help the University move towards its goal of becoming a more pedestrian-friendly campus.”
Interstate 85 Extension - $22.5 Million
This funding will go towards the planning, engineering, design and construction of the East-West highway corridor stretching from Montgomery to Cuba, Alabama.
“The extension of I-85 in this area will bring significant economic development and new opportunities to a region of the state that has not yet reached its potential.”