Jul 24 2002


Subcommittee Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, announced approval of important transportation funding for Tuscaloosa.

Sen. Shelby said,"I am pleased that the bill provides significant funding for several projects for Tuscaloosa. These funds reflect the subcommittee's commitment to safe and efficient transportation and infrastructure."

Black Warrior Parkway/Eastern-Northern Bypass
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill provides $18 million to construct a corridor connecting the Black Warrior Parkway Bridge with Rice Mine Road and Interstate 59. The construction of this project will improve access and improve traffic flow throughout the metropolitan Tuscaloosa area."

City of Tuscaloosa - Downtown Revitalization
Sen. Shelby said, "This legislation provides $5 million for the development and revitalization of this underutilized area along the river. These funds will allow the City to begin the process of designing and planning a public park for the area, as well as acquiring land for the planned development."

Bull Slough Bridge Repair
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $1 million to assist in the repairs to the Bull Slough Bridge."

University of Alabama Fuel Cell/Electric Hybrid Research
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill includes $1 million for the University of Alabama's research of fuel cell and electric hybrid automobiles. This funding will allow the University to establish a comprehensive research program to conduct cutting-edge research and to educate scientists and engineers in this growing industry."