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 several Huntsville and North Alabama projects in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004.

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

Sen. Shelby added, "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."

Corridor X designated I-22

Senator Shelby said, "I am pleased that the bill includes my provision to designate Corridor X between Tupelo, Mississippi, and Birmingham, Alabama as future Interstate Route I-22. The designation of an Interstate highway will benefit the region in its continued efforts to promote economic development."

Corridor X
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $125 million for the Appalachian Highway Development System, which includes $30 million for Corridor X. This significant level of funding will assist in the development of the Appalachian Highway System and specifically aid in the completion of Corridor X, which is my highest priority."

Huntsville Southern Bypass
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill provides $5 million for the first phase of the development of a bypass from I-565 to Memorial Parkway in Huntsville."

Decatur Beltline Expansion
Sen. Shelby said, "This project would extend from U.S. 31 and end at U.S. Alt. 72. The roadway would expand from four lanes to six lanes with the construction of two additional lanes inside the existing roadway's median. Our bill includes $2 million for this project."

Interstate 565 Interchange at County Line Road - Madison, Alabama
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $1 million for the completion of the interchange at I-565 and County Line Road in Madison."

Scenic Overlook and Pedestrian/Bicycle Trail - Grant, Alabama
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill provides $25,000 for the development of a scenic overlook and trails for pedestrians and bicycles in Grant, Alabama."

Huntsville Airport Intermodal Facility
Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provided Huntsville's Airport Intermodal Facility with the $3.5 million needed to complete construction. The Intermodal Facility is designed to provide a modern operations center for Huntsville's transit service."

Huntsville Federal Building
The bill provides $3.6 million to complete the land acquisition necessary for future construction of a federal building in Huntsville.

University of Alabama - Huntsville
Sen. Shelby said, “This bill provided $30 million for the construction of a new technology facility at the University of Alabama - Huntsville. This funding is important to the continued success of the University’s education programs.”

Northwest Shoals Community College Transportation Modernization
Sen. Shelby said, “Our bill includes $450,000 for transportation modernization at Northwest Shoals Community College.”

Guntersville Municipal Airport
Our bill includes $500,000 to allow the Guntersville Municipal Airport to make various needed improvements.

Pryor Field Regional Airport
The legislation includes $3 million for important improvements to the airport to ensure the safety and security of the facility.

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

Huntsville ITS
The legislation includes $4.5 million for the City of Huntsville for Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Alabama A & M University
Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce $1.5 million in transportation assistance to Alabama A & M. The funding will allow the university to purchase buses and build bus facilities.”

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