$5 million in grants finalized for bridge projectsBy Emily Etheredge Published 3:51pm Wednesday, May 15, 2013
A list released Monday confirmed Chilton County was approved for 17 projects for a little more than $5 million with eight bridge replacement projects deemed a priority.
“Each county submitted a list of projects and a priority basis for the projects,” Wearren said. “All of the projects then went to a committee and the committee selected what projects would be approved.”
Under RAMP, counties and cities are eligible to receive up to $1 million in state funds to match an additional $4 million in federal funds. RAMP allows ALDOT to sell bonds to provide the local match to participating counties and cities.
Counties taking part in RAMP previously had no projects, or only limited projects, as part of ATRIP due to limited local funds. In all, 22 counties are eligible to participate in RAMP based on current local funding needs. With Bentley’s announcement on Monday of 254 RAMP projects, the total number of road and bridge improvements announced under ATRIP so far is 693.
According to the list, the eight bridges in Chilton County listed as a priority in the order they will be worked on include: a bridge on County Road 2 over Mahan Creek, a bridge on County Road 255 over River Branch, a bridge on County Road 32 over Walnut Creek, a bridge on County Road 535 over Mountain Creek, a bridge on County Road 232 over Benson Creek, a bridge on County Road 478 over Cargile Creek, a bridge on County Road 822 over Flat Branch and a bridge on County Road 214 over Spur Mulberry Creek.
Wearren said a specific date for when all of the bridge projects will be completed is difficult to estimate due to bridges having a lengthy process before completion.
“Getting a bridge finished takes a long time because there is so much red tape involved,” Wearren said. “There are a lot of steps including historical studies, endangered species studies and hydraulic studies that have to be completed before work can be done to fix a bridge.”
However, Wearren said work had already been started on the first bridge listed on the list along County Road 2 over Mahan Creek.
“We have already started the drawings for the first bridge in the project and the next bridge we will be working on along County Road 255 will not be as difficult to finish,” Wearren said.
After the bridge projects are completed, other projects approved for Chilton County include resurfacing county roads 29 and 48, restriping county roads 54 and 73, adding a culvert on County Road 42 in Jemison, resurfacing Highway 22 bypass in Maplesville, resurfacing County Road 50 in Thorsby, adding turn lanes on county roads 42 and 44 in Jemison and resurfacing Medical Center Drive in Thorsby.