A number of rural roads and bridges in Alabama are in bad shape. Monday, Governor Robert Bentley announced 254 road and bridge projects which will be getting funding to fix them.
In Chilton County two bridges will get help. The bridge on County Road 2 over Mahan Creek will get $464,000 and the other will be County Road 32 over Walnut Creek will get $530,000.
"These are the ones that are most restrictive on weight. Not allowing school bus traffic and in a couple of areas is hindering future development of the county," Tony Wearren, Chilton County Engineer, said.
In Bibb County resurfacing work will cost $2.1 million on County Road 20 and Antioch Road, and $1.3 million on County Road 24 and Vance Road. Bibb County officials said the money is welcomed.
"The wear on them would be much worse if we had to wait. I'd say there would be a safety concern if we had to put these projects off two t three years per project," Jeff McKinney, Bibb County Engineer, said.
In Fayette County the bridge at County Road 36 over the Luxapallia Creek will get $900,000. The bridge at Luxapallia Creek on Dodson Road will get $800,000. Many counties said without the money the work would not get done to due to the economy.
"The cost on these rural bridges we would never get in our budget. It would take a long time to accumulate the money to replace them on." Wearren said. Bridges that carry school traffic is a top priority for funding. For a complete list of bridges and roads go check out this link: http://1.usa.gov/1667Nlh.
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