Jan 26 2004

TWO IMPORTANT BIRMINGHAM PROJECTS BENEFIT IN CONSOLIDATED APPROPRIATIONS ACT

President Signs Bill into Law; Corridor X and Birmingham Northern Beltline are Beneficiaries

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government, applauded the President’s swift signature of the Fiscal Year 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act. Included in the legislation are two projects that will benefit Birmingham through continued infrastructure improvements and economic growth opportunities.

$30 Million for Corridor X
The legislation provides $30 million for Corridor X, a 97-mile highway from Fulton, Mississippi to Interstate 65 near Birmingham, Alabama. Corridor X is one of the largest unfinished segments of the Appalachian Development Highway System.

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that we have been able to secure $30 million in funding for Corridor X. Finishing construction of Corridor X is extremely important in order to stimulate economic growth and create new jobs in the area. Completing Corridor X will improve the safety of drivers in northwest Alabama."

Northern Beltline Designation
The bill includes language including the Birmingham Northern Beltline in the Appalachian Development Highway System's Corridor X.

Sen. Shelby said, "The Northern Beltline is one of my highest priorities, and this designation will now make it eligible for funding under the Appalachian Development Highway System. In addition to federal aid highway funding, I believe that the funding that the Northern Beltline will now receive as part of the Appalachian Development Highway System will provide the resources necessary to move this project forward."