U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, announced Senate approval of important transportation funding for Tuscaloosa. The bill will now be sent to the president to be signed into law.
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 $20 million to construct a corridor connecting the Black Warrior Parkway Bridge with Interstate 59. The construction of this project will improve access and improve traffic flow throughout the metropolitan Tuscaloosa area."
Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport - Contract Tower
Sen. Shelby said, "This bill provides funding for air traffic control services at Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport."
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 Tuscaloosa Municipal Airport."
City of Tuscaloosa - Riverwalk and Parkway Development
Sen. Shelby said, "This legislation provides $1 million for the construction of a riverwalk and parkway along the Black Warrior River. This funding will assist Tuscaloosa in the development of this underutilized area along the river."
Alabama Disability Accessibility Program
Sen. Shelby said, "Our bill provides $1 million for the Alabama Disability Accessibility Program in Tuscaloosa. This funding will aid this program in their work on behalf of Alabamians with disabilities."
Forkland Park - Eutaw, Alabama
Sen. Shelby said, "In recent years, the number of visitors to Forkland Park's camping, hunting and fishing areas has greatly increased and the park's access road has taken a beating. This legislation provides $475,000 for improvements to the park's access road."
University of Alabama - Interdisciplinary Sciences Building
Sen. Shelby said, “$7 million in funding will allow for the continued construction on the Interdisciplinary Sciences Building at the University of Alabama. This facility will be one of the most modern interdisciplinary science, research and teaching facilities in the United States and will provide a new home for the College of Arts and Sciences’s Department of Chemistry as well as undergraduate and graduate classrooms and laboratories.”