Sep 12 2007

Senate Passes Transportation Funding for North Alabama

U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), a senior member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee, today announced funding for several projects in North Alabama included in the fiscal year 2008 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations bill.  This legislation was approved by the Senate and will now go to a conference committee with the House of Representatives.

The Arc of Madison County Facilities Expansion - $250,000

The Arc of Madison County will expand its facility to better serve mentally retarded North Alabamians.

“The Arc of Madison County will use this funding to improve its administrative offices, equipment, and furniture,” said Shelby.  “These improvements will allow Arc employees to serve more clients and house the staff needed to support their programs.”

City of Hamilton Fulton Bridge Industrial Park - $1 Million

The City of Hamilton will use these funds to develop the Fulton Bridge Industrial Park.  Located at Exit 14, the park will be the largest industrial park between Birmingham and Memphis on Interstate 22. The city purchased the 250 acre tract in 2003 and has completed an additional $40,000 in preliminary development costs. The site is expected to create between 500-1,000 new jobs.

“The area between Birmingham and Memphis will benefit greatly from the development of this industrial park,” said Shelby. “The industrial park is a great opportunity for the entire region and will attract numerous jobs in the years to come.”

Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging – $1 Million

There are 13 Area Agencies on Aging in Alabama, each of which provide important services to the elderly across Alabama.

“Many of our state’s seniors are without the resources necessary to drive to their medical visits, the grocery store or to see family and friends,” said Shelby.  “The Alabama Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides the essential service of helping Alabama’s elderly get where they need to go.”

In addition, the bill provides funding for the following projects included in Safe, Accountable, Flexible and Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users (SAFETEA-LU), the Highway and Transit Reauthorization Bill:

Cummings Research Park Intermodal Center - $1.293 Million

These funds will be used to construct an Intermodal facility in Cummings Research Park in Huntsville.

“The Intermodal Center at Cummings Research Park is a necessary addition to meet the needs of this new research park,” said Shelby.  “The Center will integrate multiple modes of transportation, serve as a regional transit transfer facility and address traffic safety issues in and around the research park.”

University of Alabama in Huntsville Intermodal Facility - $1.552 Million

UAH will use this funding to construct an Intermodal facility on campus. 

“The southern part of UAH’s campus continues to grow,” said Shelby.  “Additional space is integral to accommodate the needs of the students and researchers who will use the new campus research facilities.”

University of Alabama in Huntsville Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Research - $500,000

These funds will enhance UAH’s office of Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics work on assessing and improving transportation logistics in the state of Alabama.

“The Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Research office works to increase economic growth in Alabama by identifying and supporting the development of infrastructure in the state,” said Shelby.  “A strong infrastructure is a critical component of a community’s ability to attract new businesses and jobs.  This project’s efforts will contribute to the long-term economic growth of our state.”

U.S. Space and Rocket Center Tramway Extension - $259,000

The Space and Rocket Center will use this funding to extend the tramway at the Center in Huntsville. 

“The tramway at the Space and Rocket Center will connect the botanical gardens to the museum complex, allowing tourists convenient access to both attractions,” said Shelby. 

City of Gadsden Community Buses - $129,000

This funding will be used for improvements to the City of Gadsden’s bus system.

“As more and more Alabamians grow concerned with the rising cost of gasoline, public transportation is an increasingly important resource,” said Shelby.  “Buses are an effective way to save money and still travel quickly and conveniently.  This funding will allow Gadsden residents to rely on their public transportation system.”