Plans delayed for County Road 42 project

Published 2:52 pm Friday, July 17, 2015

Officials with ALDOT released this week that the project to improve County Road 42 in Jemison is scheduled to be let out for contract on Aug. 28.

The resurfacing project, a state-approved project, was originally scheduled to be let out for contract by the last week of May.

Delays with obtaining a right-of-way prompted plans for the project to be postponed.

According to David Hand with ALDOT, there are still a “few administrative issues having to do with the use of federal money that are being addressed now,” but the issues surrounding the right-of-way have been resolved.

Hand said the project is estimated for completion by the summer of 2016, a change in what was originally projected for the resurfacing.

In March, the city of Jemison received a letter from ALDOT saying the contractor working the County Road 42 resurfacing would be allowed 90 working days to complete the project.

The city had to replace a culvert near a portion of County Road 42 that resulted in the city acquiring some property around the culvert earlier this year.

The city’s match for the project is roughly $200,000. The project is expected to cost roughly $1.5 million.

Many residents have expressed concern to city officials thinking the city is responsible for the upkeep of the road, but there has been little the city could do since it is a state project.

The resurfacing project is covered under a $1 billion project known as Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP).

Originally, Chilton County entered the ATRIP program with three projects in Phase 1 approved.

During the Dec. 10, 2012, Chilton County Commission meeting, commissioners voted to participate in the Rural Assistance Match Program (RAMP), where counties and cities are eligible to receive as much as $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 for 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.

RAMP did not require the matching funds the county would have had had to come up with under ATRIP.

RAMP allows additional counties to take part in Gov. Robert Bentley’s statewide road improvement initiative of ATRIP.

All 67 Alabama counties have now received ATRIP projects since Bentley established the program in 2012.