Jul 12 2001

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR HUNTSVILLE AND NORTH ALABAMA

Subcommittee Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill

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

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

Huntsville International Airport
Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that the bill ensures funding for several projects to enhance and upgrade Huntsville International Airport. The important investments include the extension of runways and land acquisition to mitigate against future airport noise problems."

Sen. Shelby said, "The contract tower program has received the overwhelming support of the aviation community because it is a cost-effective way to enhance aviation safety. I am pleased that the bill directs the Federal Aviation Administration to continue operation of the contract tower at Huntsville International Airport."

Huntsville Intermodal Facility
Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provided Huntsville's Intermodal Facility with $1 million. The Intermodal Facility is designed to provide a modern operations center for Huntsville's transit service."

Decatur Pryor Field
Senator Shelby said, "The bill ensures funding for the airport to improve safety and access to the airport and for various airport improvements."

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.

Appalachian Development Highway System
The 2002 Transportation Appropriations bill provides $350 million for the Appalachian Development Highway System. The Appalachian Development Highway System was created in 1965 to link the under-developed Appalachian region to the National Interstate Highway System. The system is now a 3,025-mile network of in a 13 state region.

Included in this highway system is Corridor X, a 97-mile highway from Fulton, Mississippi to Interstate Route 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 the bill provides $350 million for the Appalachian Development Highway System and for Corridor X. Finishing construction of Corridor X is one of my highest priorities because it will stimulate economic growth and new jobs in the area and will improve the safety of drivers in northwest Alabama."