ALDOT holds public meetings on Dale, Coffee, Geneva road projects

Among those attending the Alabama Department of Transportation public meeting about the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan held at the Coffee County Commission Community Room May 23, from left, are Enterprise Civic Leader Lorenzo Harrison, Coffee County Commission Chairman Dean Smith, Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission Regional Planner Andrew Windham and ALDOT’s Assistant Division Engineer Mark Graham. 

State road projects for Dale, Coffee and Geneva Counties were the focus of two public meetings hosted by the Alabama Department of Transportation in government buildings in each county.

The local ALDOT meetings were among those held throughout the state to gather input from all 67 counties about the Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan.

The STIP is a federally mandated four-year funding and scheduling document for surface transportation projects in Alabama, to include road, highway, pedestrian trails and bridges, according to ALDOT’s Assistant Division Engineer Mark Graham. “The STIP is important because federal and state money cannot be spent on projects unless they are listed in the STIP.

“Only projects for which construction and operating funds can reasonably be expected to be available are included in the STIP,” Graham said. “The STIP is completely updated every four years and projects are listed in the STIP by county.”

At meetings held May 16 at the Dale County Government Building in Ozark and May 23 at the Coffee County Commission Community Room in New Brockton, maps were on display and ALDOT staff wereon hand to discuss the state’s planned road projects for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021 and answer questions from citizens.

On the 2020 STIP Plan for Coffee County is resurfacing of 1.5 miles on County Road 307 from County Road 306 to the Pike County line. The total cost of that project is $293,000 with $234,000 being federally funded, $59,000 from local funds and no state funds.

Also planned for Fiscal Year 2020 in Coffee County is 1.65 miles of resurfacing on County Road 315 from State Road 87 to County Road 305. The cost of that project is expected to be $379,000 with $303,000 federally funded, $76,000 local funds and no state funds.

Also in Coffee County for Fiscal Year 2021, additional lanes are set to be added on Highway 167 from State Road 12—also known as U.S. Highway 84—to .28 miles north of County Road 48—also called Salem Road. The cost of that 2.140-mile project is $11,017,000 with $7,345,000 in federal funds, $1,836,000 in state funds and $1,836,000 in other funds.

On the 2020 STIP Plan for Dale County is 5.180 miles of resurfacing County Road 47 from the Dale/Houston County Lane to State Road 134, Gissendanner Road. The cost of the project is $912,000 with $729,000 coming from federal funds, $182,000 from local funds and no state funds.

Also planned for Fiscal Year 2020 in Dale County is 6.040 miles of resurfacing on State Road 53—also known as US Highway 231—north of Ozark from south of State Road 27 to north of County Road 2. The cost of that project is $5,520,000 with $3,680,000 in federal funds, $920,000 in state funds and $920,000 in local funds.

The public hearing for two Geneva County highway projects was held concurrently with the Coffee County public hearing in New Brockton.

The resurfacing of .910 miles on County Road 49 in Geneva County from County Road 68 to the Houston County Line is planned for Fiscal Year 2020. The cost of that project is $251,000 with $201,000 in federal funds, $50,000 in local funds and no state funds.

Also in Geneva County, planned for Fiscal Year 2022 is curb ramp installations and modifications on state routes at various locations in Geneva and Houston Counties. The total cost of the project is $901,000 with $600,000 in federal funds, $150,000 in state funds and $150,000 in local funding.

Any comments from the public will be accepted until June 21and can be emailed to awindham@searpdc.org.

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