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February 25, 2013

County revving up roadway projects

— Several Limestone County road and bridge projects are slated for this spring and summer, including resurfacing, adding lights, widening roads and replacing bridges.

This spring the county will install flashing warning lights at the intersections of Capshaw and Jones roads, Zehner and Quinn and Easter Ferry and Coffman with federal high-risk rural road funds. District 2 funds will pay for a traffic signal at the Capshaw and Sanderson roads.

By this summer, resurfacing and widening work will be underway on Thomas L. Hammonds Road from U.S. 31 to Sandy Road with state industrial access funds, and Holt Road from Bain Road to Wales Street will receive safety improvements and widening with federal road money.

ATRIP first round

The county and the city of Athens received nearly $1.2 million in the first round of Alabama Transportation Road and Improvement Program funding announced in May 2012.

ATRIP allows sponsoring counties and municipalities to improve roadways with a 20 percent local match. The 80 percent state match is funded by GARVEE bonds, which provide the state with immediate access to future federal dollars to pay for road and bridge projects.

Local ATRIP projects include a $475,000 bridge on Mooresville Road over French’s Mill Creek with a county match of $95,000, and about $972,000 to resurface Lucas Ferry and Sanderfer roads from Alabama 99 to U.S. 31 with a city match of about $972,000.

The bridge replacement on Mooresville Road is still pending the outcome of an endangered species study by the county and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, according to County Engineer Richard Sanders.

Second round

In second-round funding announced on Feb. 4, Limestone County corralled more than $3.5 million from ATRIP.

Athens-sponsored projects included about $519,000 to resurface Lindsay Lane from Brownsferry Road to Alabama 251 with a city match of nearly $104,000. The city also received $590,000 with a local match of $118,000 for a bridge on Cambridge Lane over French’s Mill Creek.

The town of Elkmont secured $407,000 to resurface Upper Fort Hampton Road from Alabama 172 to Sandlin Road with a local match of $81,400.

A joint $206,000 project by the county and Athens to improve the intersection at Huntsville-Brownsferry Road and U.S. has a local match of $41,2000.

The county was approved for a $522,000 bridge on Lucas Ferry Road over Mud Creek ($104,400 local match), and two bridges for $762,000 on Ragsdale Creek Road over Ragsdale Creek ($152,400).

The county also was approved for $575,000 to resurface Elk River Mills Road from Baker Hill Road to Alabama 99 ($115,000), and $869,000 to resurface Nick Davis Road from Mooresville Road to Sanderson Road ($173,800).

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