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County moving forward with last three ATRIP projects


Action was taken on three ATRIP (Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program) projects by the Chambers County Commission in their meeting Monday night, bringing the county closer to completing the state funded program.

The commission awarded contracts on two bridge projects and executed an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation on a paving project.

These are final county projects under the ATRIP umbrella. In total, the county received nearly $12 million in funding for 16 road and bridge projects through three phases of the state funded road construction program.

The bridge projects cover Whatley Creek and Chikasonoxee Creek, both located on County Road 258. The Whatley Creek bridge project is .21 miles long and will cost a total of $531,630. The county’s 20 percent match totals $102,726.

The Chikasonoxee Creek project is .3 miles long and will cost $781,080. The county’s match is $156,214.

The final project, the resurfacing and striping of County Road 62 (Marcoot Road) will be let to bid on Friday. The project covers 6.621 miles between County Road 54 and State Route 77. It has an estimated cost of $1.37 million, with the county’s match coming to approximately $274,000.

There was much praise for the program at the meeting. Commission Chair David Eastridge said it had served the county well, and commended the commission for taking advantage of the program by borrowing $3 million to fund the county’s required match.

County Attorney Skip McCoy noted that in addition to the county, several municipalities have benefited under the program through partnerships with the county.

County Engineer Josh Harvill had previously said that through the ATRIP program, Chambers County has received as much funding as it would normally receive from the state over a 20-year period.