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Road projects approved


The Chambers County Commission approved a number of road projects at their meeting last week, including one agreement for work in LaFayette. Much of the roadwork comes as a result of the county’s participation in the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP). The commission’s approval means that road construction will begin soon in all parts of the county.

The LaFayette agreement involves the resurfacing of Alabama Avenue. The county will give LaFayette $185,000 in funding for the project. Because the city is in the process of applying for Community Development Block Grant funds for water utility improvements under the roadway, the county is allowing LaFayette the option to use that money for another project pending the grant funding.

The county approved an agreement with ATRIP for the widening, resurfacing and striping of County Road 84 5.79 miles east from Highway 50 to the bridge at Riverside Country Club. The total cost is an estimated $1,506,560. ATRIP will provide $1,205,248 and the county will provide $301,312. Because parts of Lanett are involved, they will provide $52,040.07 for its portion of the project.

Several projects in the Valley were approved, some with ATRIP funds. One involves the resurfacing of Fob James Drive from Fairfax Bypass east to Highway 29, a distance of 1.62 miles. The estimated cost is $756,170 with ATRIP providing $604,936 and Valley and the county splitting the rest of the costs.

ATRIP will pay $368,160 of an estimated $460,200 to resurface 30th St and the widening and resurfacing of 12th Ave.

The county will also provide $292,000 for an agreement with Valley to resurface Fairfax Bypass 1.28 miles to Martex Avenue.

District 1 Commissioner Charlie Williams said that everyone who lives in Chambers County would benefit from these road improvements.