Thorsby receives state funding for road projects

Published 4:44 pm Thursday, February 6, 2020

The Town of Thorsby was one of 31 municipalities and counties throughout Alabama to receive state funds for road and bridge projects through the Rebuild Alabama Act.

Of an initial $7 million handed out, Thorsby was issued $232,755.05 to resurface portions of six roads within the town limits.

“It’s $232,000 more money that we have to spend to help the people of Thorsby,” Thorsby Mayor Robert Hight said.

According to Hight, now that the money is arranged the next step is to start the engineering process, which includes bidding out the project.

He expects that process to take a couple of months to complete but hopes to start seeing the project take action shortly after.

The names of the roads will come at a later time, but the six portions will equate to just less than a mile of road.

“An investment in our roads and bridges is an investment in the future of Alabama,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “These $7 million in funds will go a long way in helping communities across the state address various road and bridge projects. I am proud to see the continuing positive ramifications from the Rebuild Alabama Act. Soon, every Alabama citizen will feel the benefits from this additional investment in our infrastructure.”

The act was recently created and according to a release from the Governor’s Office, it required the Alabama Department of Transportation to establish an annual grant program that would be fueled by setting aside $10 million from the state’s share of the new gas tax revenue.

The remaining $3 million is expected to be awarded later this year.

Thorsby was one of 231 applicants who submitted grant requests to the program.