Jan 22 2004

SEN. SHELBY ANNOUNCES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING FOR MONTGOMERY AND SURROUNDING AREA

Senate Passes Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004

U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury and General Government announced approval of important transportation funding for Montgomery in the Consolidated Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2004.

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

Sen. Shelby said, "I am pleased that we were able to include a significant increase in highway funding for the State of Alabama. Alabama will receive an estimated $600 million in highway funds for Fiscal Year 2004, which represents an increase of $44 million from last year’s funding level."

I-65 Cloverland Bridges and Watershed Improvement Project
Sen. Shelby said, “This funding of $1 million will assist in the construction of three bridges and improvements to the roadway to address drainage problems.

Riverwalk
Sen. Shelby said, “Our bill provides $1 million to develop a pedestrian urban-edge riverwalk connecting the downtown development along the river’s edge.”

Montgomery Outerloop
Sen. Shelby said, “The $2 million included in our bill will provide additional funding for design and right-of-way acquisition for the Montgomery Outerloop. This will assist Montgomery’s efforts to further develop a safer transportation system for the area.”

Butler County Industrial Infrastructure Development
Sen. Shelby said, “Our bill includes $750,000 to match local efforts to build transportation infrastructure at the County’s Industrial Park.”

Lake Martin Regional Industrial Park Access Road
Sen. Shelby said, “Funding of $500,000 will be used to construct a roadway to serve as the main access road in the Industrial Park.”

Troy State University Bus Shuttle Program
Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provides $1.5 million for the bus shuttle program at Troy State University."

Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program
Sen. Shelby said, “Our bill provides $500,000 for Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program Rural Transportation Services.”

Montgomery Regional Airport
Sen. Shelby said, “The bill includes $2 million for terminal expansion and renovation at the Montgomery Airport.”

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging
The bill includes $1 million for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging.

These funds are subject to a .59% across-the-board recision as stated in the FY 2004 Consolidated Appropriations Act.