Commission announces Rebuild Alabama projects

Published 5:23 pm Tuesday, August 27, 2019

LaFAYETTE — The Chambers County Commission has adopted its transportation plan for Gov. Kay Ivey’s Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan for Fiscal Year 2020.

County Engineer Josh Harvill said the county has plans for seven projects totaling $890,000 for this year, which would improve about 6.5 miles of road and a bridge replacement project.

Harvill said Chambers County is expecting to get about $490,000 the first year of the gas tax, which goes into effect, Sunday, Sept. 1.

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When the tax goes up two cents in October 2021, the county is expected to receive about $655,000 and in October 2022, when the tax realizes its full 10 cent increase, the county estimated about $820,000 in revenue.

Harvill said throughout the next five years, the county hopes to improve 78 miles of road and complete six bridge projects totaling about $11.6 million.

“That is what we expect to do,” he said.

As for projects happening this year, the county’s transportation plan calls for reconstructing, paving and striping 0.23 miles of County Road 164 west for about $40,000.

The county also plans to reconstruct, pave and stripe 0.40 miles of County Road 83 east and west for about $50,000.

More reconstructing, paving and striping to State Road 77 north to County Road 114 for 1.82 miles for $115,000 and similar work to County Road 114 north to County Road 160 for 2.91 miles at a $180,000 price tag.

Rebuild Alabama funds are also earmarked for reconstructing a bridge over the Norfolk Southern Railroad for $75,000.

The biggest chunk of funds is set aside at the moment for matching funds to widen and put in traffic signals at County Road 208 and County Road 299 for about $400,000. The funds are a portion of matching funds totaling $1.24 million for a total project cost of $4.48 million.

Harvill said every January there will be a report given to the commission about the projects and how the work is proceeding.

“It will be as transparent as absolutely possible so everybody knows what we are doing with the gas tax,” he said.