Oct 23 2003


Senate Passes Transportation Appropriations Bill

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.

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 $610 million in highway funds for Fiscal Year 2004, which represents an increase of $54.4 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.

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.”

Asphalt Technology Pavement Research
The bill includes $1.25 million for the National Center for Asphalt Technology Pavement Research at Auburn University. The funding will be used to initiate a new research program for improving and evaluating pavement performance by developing tests in the laboratory that predict problems earlier and efficiently repaired and other research that utilizes the Center's 1.7 mile oval asphalt test track.

Troy State University Bus Shuttle Program
Sen. Shelby said, "Our legislation provides $2 million for the bus shuttle program at Troy State University."

Statewide Bus Funding
The bill allocates $3.3 million to the Alabama Department of Transportation to distribute to local transit systems in cities and counties throughout the state to replace, upgrade, or expand transit vehicle fleets. Sen. Shelby said, “I am pleased we are able to include funding to assist the State Department of Transportation in meeting public transportation needs, replacing vehicles, and expanding service in our urban and rural communities.”