Jul 10 2007

Shelby Announces Transportation Funding for the Birmingham Area

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects in the Birmingham area included in the fiscal year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.  Following today’s action by the subcommittee, the legislation will now go to the full Appropriations Committee for consideration.

City of Hamilton Fulton Bridge Industrial Park - $1 Million

The City of Hamilton will use these funds to develop the Fulton Bridge Industrial Park.  Located at Exit 14, the park will be the largest industrial park between Birmingham and Memphis on Interstate 22. The city purchased the 250 acre tract in 2003 and has completed an additional $40,000 in preliminary development costs. The site is expected to create between 500-1000 new jobs.

“The area between Birmingham and Memphis will benefit greatly from the development of this industrial park,” said Shelby. “The industrial park is a great opportunity for the entire region and will attract numerous jobs in the years to come.”

Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging - $1 Million

There are 13 Area Agencies on Aging in Alabama, each of which provide important services to the elderly across Alabama.

“Many of our state’s seniors are without the resources necessary to drive to their medical visits, the grocery store or to see family and friends,” said Shelby.  “The Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides the essential service of helping Alabama’s elderly get where they need to go.”

In addition, the bill provides funding for the following projects included in Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the Highway and Transit Reauthorization Bill.

University of Alabama at Birmingham Intermodal Facility - $1.811 Million

This project will enhance UAB’s infrastructure to make room for recent growth in the area.

“The UAB research district has grown significantly in recent years and space has become limited,” said Shelby.  “These funds will provide UAB with much needed space to accommodate the visitor and patient growth of this area of the University,” said Shelby.

Injury Control Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham - $550,000

The UAB Injury Control Research Center works to reduce the rate of injuries and resulting disabilities and deaths, especially in the southeastern United States, by researching prevention approaches and research strategies.

“The Injury Control Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s work has provided much-needed data that allows us to better understand serious injuries,” said Shelby.  “It is my hope that research conducted at the Center may someday allow doctors and surgeons to better treat catastrophic or severe injuries sustained during motor vehicle crashes.”

City of Birmingham Intermodal Facility (Phase II) - $1.591 Million

These funds will be used to expand the Morris Avenue bus transfer facility.

“With this funding, the City of Birmingham will transform the Morris Avenue bus transfer facility in downtown Birmingham into a full service multimodal center,” said Shelby.  “As the population of the Birmingham metropolitan area has expanded, inadequate public transportation options and lengthy commutes have had a negative impact on productivity.  The multimodal center will go a long way in improving the Birmingham public transportation systems.”

University of Alabama at Birmingham Trauma Care System Research and Development - $500,000

This funding provides infrastructure improvements to the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System.

“This project will enhance and expand the existing infrastructure of the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System,” said Shelby.  “The project will also facilitate the development of a comprehensive statewide trauma system.”

Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Bus Project - $129,000

AIDB, founded in 1858, is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled and their families.

“These funds will allow the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) to purchase a new bus,” said Shelby.  “This will assist AIDB in its efforts to more safely transport the individuals they serve.”

American Village - $86,944

The American Village in Montevallo provides experience based learning citizenship education.

“The American Village is a wonderful opportunity for children in Alabama to learn about history in engaging and exciting ways,” said Shelby.  “This funding will allow the village to construct a closed loop access road and bus lanes and will improve and ease access to the village.”