$10 million road improvements planned

Published 11:00 pm Monday, March 26, 2012

If grant applications are approved, Pike County could be seeing more than $10 million worth of resurfaced roads and bridge improvements.

The Pike County Commission voted Monday night to approve an application to the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program committee for a plan that includes 15 resurfacing projects and repair work for one bridge.

If approved, the county would have to pay for 20 percent of the projects, which would mean about a $2,069,800 contribution on a total project with an estimated cost of $10,349,000. The funding would come from a bond extension.

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The application to ATRIP must be made by March 30 and the county will find out in mid-

May if they were chosen to receive grant money. If the county receives the grant money, bids must be opened for the projects by December.

In a few months, the county will also be applying for a $350,000 Community Development Block Grant. The commission voted to pledge a cash match of $20,400 and the grant would go to paving County Road 7706, resurfacing County Road 6606 and resurfacing County Road 2203.

The next scheduled meeting is on April 9.