Jan 22 2004


Senate Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government announced approval of funding for the I-10 Connector and the Wiregrass area in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that the bill provides significant funding for these projects. These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation and infrastructure."

Sen. Shelby said,"I am pleased that we were able to include a significant increase in highway funding for the State of Alabama. Alabama will receive an estimated $600 million in highway funds for Fiscal Year 2004, which represents an increase of $44 million from last year's funding level."

I -10 Connector
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $8 million for the I-10 Connector. This project will allow us to connect the Dothan and Wiregrass area with Interstate 10 in Florida. The I-10 Connector will greatly improve access and traffic flow throughout Southeastern Alabama."

Eufaula's Broad Street Restoration Project
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $500,000 for the restoration of Eufaula's Broad Street, including the refurbishment of the historic Bluff City Inn."

Clayton's Downtown Revitalization
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill includes $500,000 for the revitalization of Clayton's downtown area, including the town square and Eufaula Avenue."

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging
The bill includes $1 million for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging.

These funds are subject to a .59% across-the-board recision as stated in the FY 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act.