Jul 20 2006

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR NORTH ALABAMA

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects in North Alabama included in the fiscal year 2007 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill. This bill was approved by the committee and will now go to the Senate floor for consideration.

“This bill provides funding for important projects across the state,” said Senator Shelby. “These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation, infrastructure development, and economic growth activities throughout Alabama.”

Patriot Parkway (Southern Bypass) – $4.7 million

The Patriot Parkway will run 15 miles through Redstone Arsenal from I-565 to Memorial Parkway. The Parkway will provide a bypass for through travel around downtown Huntsville and improve overall access to Redstone Arsenal.

“As Redstone prepares for the nearly 10,000 jobs expected from the BRAC decisions, it is essential for the City of Huntsville to expand their infrastructure to meet the demands of their growing population,” said Senator Shelby. “An influx of daily commuters this large will greatly change the traffic patterns in the Huntsville area, and it is important that we make every effort in preparation to ease potential traffic issues in the area.”

Marshall County Commission Double Bridges – $2 million

The Marshall County Commission will use this funding to replace two one-lane bridges on Martling Road with a single two-lane bridge.

“The bridge replacements are a high priority for the citizens of Marshall County,” said Senator Shelby. “The one lane bridges are hazardous to cross, particularly for the students traveling to nearby schools.”

Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging– $1 million

“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 Senator 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 SAFETEA-LU, the Highway and Transit Reauthorization Bill.

University of Alabama in Huntsville Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Research - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “The Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Research office aims to increase economic growth in Alabama by identifying and supporting the development of infrastructure in the state. This project will support the long-term growth of Alabama’s economy.”

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Tramway Extension - $238,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to extend the tramway at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, thus connecting the botanical gardens to the museum complex.”

City of Gadsden Community Buses - $119,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that we secured funds for this important bus project in Gadsden. These funds will provide an important transportation option for those individuals living in the Gadsden area.”

University of Alabama in Huntsville Intermodal Facility - $1.428 million

Senator Shelby said, “The bill includes $1.428 million for an intermodal facility at the southern part of UAH’s campus. This area of the campus continues to grow, and additional space is integral to accommodate the needs of the students and researchers who will use the new campus research facilities.”

Cummings Research Park Intermodal Center - $1.190 million

Senator Shelby said, “The Intermodal Center at Cummings Research Park is a necessary addition to meet the needs of this new research park. The Center will integrate multiple modes of transportation, serve as a regional transit transfer facility and address traffic safety issues in and around the research park.”