Dec 04 2001
U. S. Sen. Richard C. Shelby (R-Ala.), ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, announced Senate approval of funding for several Montgomery projects. The bill will now head to the president to be signed into law.
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 provides $1.5 million in 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 the $1 million needed to complete construction. The Intermodal Facility is designed to provide a modern operations center for Huntsville's transit service."
Senator Shelby said, "The bill includes $1 million to ensure funding for land acquisition and a runway extension at the Russellville Airport."
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.
Alabama A & M University
Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce $500,000 in transportation assistance to Alabama A & M. The money will allow the university to purchase buses and build bus facilities.”
Appalachian Development Highway System
The 2002 Transportation Appropriations bill provides $60 million for construction and improvements to the Appalachian Development Highway System in Alabama. 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 in a 13 state region. Alabama’s portion is 11% of the total amount designated in the bill for the entire Appalachian Development Highway System.
The 2002 Transportation Appropriations bill also provides an additional $20 million specifically for Corridor X, a 97-mile highway from Fulton, Mississippi to Interstate 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 a total of more than $80 million in funding for the Appalachian Development Highway System in the state of Alabama. This money will aid in continuing to open new areas to economic productivity and development.”
“I am especially pleased that we have been able to secure $20 million in funding solely for Corridor X,” said Shelby. “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."