Nov 18 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR BIRMINGHAM AREA

Senate Approves FY 06 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Bill

WASHINGTON, D. C. -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-AL), a senior member of the Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced Conference Committee approval of important funding for several projects in the Birmingham area included in the Fiscal Year 2006 Transportation, Treasury, Judiciary, HUD Appropriations Bill. The bill passed the Senate and now heads to the President’s desk for his signature.

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that the bill provides funding for important projects across the state. These funds reflect our commitment to safe and efficient transportation, infrastructure development, and economic growth activities.”

Jasper Area Family Services Center - $350,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that these funds have been included in this legislation. The Jasper Area Family Services Center provides important services for families in the area including adult education classes, English as a Second Language, programs for at-risk children and their parents, job training, and important other programs. These funds will be used for construction of a new facility in Jasper.”

Jemison Grade Crossing Hazard Elimination - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “Jemison Grade Crossing has been the scene of several tragic accidents and continues to pose a dangerous risk to the community. I am pleased $500,000 has been included in the bill to help prevent future accidents.”

Southern Fuel Cell Coalition - $1.66 million

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the Southern Fuel Cell Coalition which will serve the Southeastern United States. The coalition will work to tackle the challenges and opportunities that face fuel cell development and hydrogen infrastructure in the South.”

Alabama Area Agencies on Aging - $200,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes $200,000 for van replacement for the Alabama Area Agencies on Aging. These critical resources allow this agency to continue providing much needed transportation options for Alabama’s senior citizens.”

Appalachian Development Highway System - $106.5 million

Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $106.5 million for the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS). The ADHS was designed to generate economic development, supplement the interstate system, connect Appalachia to the interstate system, and provide access to areas within the Region as well as to markets in the rest of the nation. Alabama benefits from this program, and I am pleased these funds were included in the bill.”

In addition, the bill provides funding for the following projects included in SAFETEA-LU, the Highway and Transit Reauthorization Bill.

•University of Alabama at Birmingham Intermodal Facility - $1.604 million

Senator Shelby said, “Due to expansion of the UAB Research District, funds for a new intermodal facility will provide UAB with much needed space to accommodate the visitor and patient growth of this area of the University. I am pleased we were able to include these funds in the bill.”

•Injury Control Research Center at UAB - $450,000 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to have been able to play a role in providing funds to the Injury Control Research Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The Center's work has provided much-needed data allowing us to better understand and someday prevent catastrophic and other severe injuries sustained during motor vehicle crashes.”

•City of Birmingham Intermodal Facility (Phase II) - $1,529,600

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce these funds for phase II of Birmingham’s intermodal facility. These funds will be used to expand the Morris Avenue bus transfer facility in downtown Birmingham into a full service multimodal center.”

•University of Alabama at Birmingham Trauma Care System Research and Development - $500,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased to announce these funds for this important project. This project will enhance and expand the existing infrastructure of the Birmingham Regional Emergency Medical Services System and will serve to facilitate the development of a comprehensive statewide trauma system.”

•Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind Bus Project - $115,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used for the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (AIDB) for a bus project. This will assist AIDB in its efforts to more safely transport the individuals they serve. AIDB, founded in 1858, is the nation’s most comprehensive organization serving individuals who are deaf, blind and multi-disabled and their families.”

•American Village - $76,912

Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $76,912 for the American Village in Montevallo. These funds will be used for the construction of a closed loop access road and bus lanes.”

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