Nov 18 2005

SHELBY ANNOUNCES FUNDING FOR NORTH ALABAMA

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 North Alabama 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.”

Huntsville International Airport - $2.216 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased this bill includes over $2.2 million for the Huntsville International Airport to replace their air traffic control facilities. In addition, the bill directs the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator to give priority consideration to the Huntsville International Airport for a new taxiway.”

Huntsville International Airport Taxiway - $2 million

Senator Shelby said, “This bill includes $2 million for the construction of a taxiway at the Huntsville International Airport so that it may better accommodate the needs of the fast-growing Huntsville area.”

New Centurion's New Life for Women Shelter - $400,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased these funds are included in the bill for New Centurion’s New Life for Women shelter in Etowah County. These funds will be used to upgrade facilities and expand programs for women with drug and alcohol problems, including the addition of a work program for rehabilitation.”

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 in Huntsville Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Research - $500,00

Senator Shelby said, “The Transportation, Infrastructure and Logistics Research office aims to increase economic growth in Alabama by identifying and supporting the development of infrastructure in the state. This project will support the long-term growth of Alabama’s economy.”

•U.S. Space and Rocket Center Tramway Extension - $229,000

Senator Shelby said, “These funds will be used to extend the tramway at the Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, thus connecting the botanical gardens to the museum complex.”

•City of Gadsden Community Buses - $115,000

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased that we secured funds for this important bus project in Gadsden. These funds will provide an important transportation option for those individuals living in the Gadsden area.”

•University of Alabama in Huntsville Intermodal Facility - $1.374 million

Senator Shelby said, “I am pleased the bill includes $6 million for an intermodal facility at the southern part of UAH’s campus. This area of the campus continues to grow, and additional space is integral to accommodate the needs of the students and researchers who will use the new campus research facilities.”

•Cummings Research Park Intermodal Center - $1.145 million

Senator Shelby said, “The Intermodal Center at Cummings Research Park is a necessary addition to meet the needs of this new research park. 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.”

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