Feb 13 2003


Conference Committee Approves Funding–House and Senate Scheduled to Approve Funding Soon

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, announced funding for several Huntsville and North Alabama projects by the Senate.

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."

University of Alabama at Huntsville

Sen. Shelby said, “This bill provided $20 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.”

Huntsville International Airport Intermodal Facility

Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provided $3 million for the completion of an intermodal facility at Huntsville's airport. This money will be used to complete construction of an air cargo facility to provide domestic truck and air service for the distribution of international freight."

University of North Alabama Improvements

Senator Shelby said, "We were able to secure $2 million for the University of North Alabama's plan to improve transit and pedestrian access." This funding will improve access from the campus to the external transportation network and nearby communities, and it continues the initiative started two years ago to improve campus infrastructure by integrating the transit system to the pedestrian walkways and overpasses that are under construction.

Alabama A & M University

Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce $500,000 in transportation assistance to Alabama A & M. The money will allow the university to purchase buses and build bus facilities.”

Whitesburg Bridge

The bill provides $6 million for construction of a bridge to replace the Whitesburg Bridge over the Tennessee River connecting Madison and Morgan counties along U.S. 231. The project provides for replacing both river bridges and replacing and widening the northbound and southbound approaches. Sen. Shelby said, “The existing bridge was constructed in 1931 and is in desperate need of replacement to accommodate current traffic as well as projected traffic growth.”

Huntsville Federal Building

The bill provides $600,000 for land acquisition for the construction of a federal building in Huntsville.

Centre-Piedmont-Cherokee Regional Airport
Sen. Shelby said, “Our bill provides $2 million for land acquisition and development of a master plan for a new regional airport.”