County gets $5M for roads improvements, unclear which projects will benefit
by Brian Anderson
Jul 25, 2013 | 2685 views |  0 comments | 40 40 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Calhoun County received an additional $5 million from the state for road projects, but commissioners are unsure which road projects they can use it for, an official said today.

At the Calhoun County Commission meeting, County Engineer Brian Rosenbalm said the Alabama Department of Transportation awarded the money as part of the state’s ongoing Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, or ATRIP. Which projects were awarded the money, however, remains a mystery.

“It’s good news that we got the lump sum,” Rosenbalm said. “But as to what projects we can use the money on, I can’t speculate.”

Rosenbalm said it also wasn’t clear if the money was limited to Calhoun County projects, or included proposed projects from the cities of Anniston and Oxford, too.

The road improvement program is entering its third and final phase. Projects submitted to and approved by the Department of Transportation receive 80 percent funding from the state with the county or municipality putting up the matching 20 percent. Previous projects receiving funds include bridge repairs on Choctaw Street and Gilberts Ferry Road as well as resurfacing projects for Choccolocco Road and Boiling Springs Road. In total, the county has received almost $15 million from the program.

Projects submitted by Calhoun County for the third phase of the program include resurfacing on Rabbittown Road, Lenlock Lane, Pleasant Valley Road and Nisbet Lake Road and bridge repairs on Rock Springs Road and Alexandria-Wellington Road.

The commission today also approved additional preliminary engineering work for a bridge replacement on Brown Bridge Road over Choccolocco Creek. The project is part of the second phase of ATRIP. The Department of Transportation will fund $164,643 of the engineering cost with the county kicking in $41,160.

In other business, the commission:

• Awarded $5,000 for the Public Education Foundation of Anniston, a non-profit organization assisting schools in helping at-risk students.

• Approved replacing five heating, ventilation and air conditioning units at the Ken Joiner Administration Building for a total cost of $33,750.

• Approved a transfer of an alcohol license for beer and wine sales for Express Mart 9 in Eastaboga.

• Dismissed nuisance abatements at 1021 West 53rd St. and 6305 Gunter St. in Anniston and 75 Fieldstone Way in Jacksonville.

• Declared property at 516 Sequoya Drive, 203 Rice St., 612 Tillman Avenue, 1115 West 53rd St., and 2033 Old Choccolocco Road in Anniston and 109 Mac Alexander Road in Piedmont.

• Rescheduled a meeting of the commission from Aug. 22 to Aug. 29.

Staff writer Brian Anderson: 256-235-3546. On Twitter @BAnderson_Star.

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