Grant may fund corridor

Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, March 28, 2012

If Troy receives grant approval, area residents could see work begin on a portion of the proposed east-west corridor.

At Tuesday night’s city council meeting, members voted to apply for Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program funds that would be used to mill and resurface Montgomery and Madison streets from U.S. Hwy. 231 to South Brundidge Street. The plan would also widen a portion of Three Notch Street near Madison.

The entire proposed east-west corridor is planned to span from George Wallace Drive near Charles Henderson High School to Montgomery Street and Back to U.S. Hwy. 231.

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The project would hopefully alleviate traffic congestion during Troy University athletic events and provide easier travel for CGI employees.

If approved, Troy would receive $1,056,219 from ATRIP and would contribute $369,676 for the project.

The city had applied for another grant in June 2010. They had hoped to receive more than $10 million to fund the whole project.

Also at the meeting, the council approved the following:

• A restaurant/retail liquor license for Troy Concessions and Catering.

• A bid award to Sysco to provide Recreation Department concessions.

• Notice of a Chick-fil-a and Crowco, inc.

• Authority for the mayor to negotiate a loan for new city equipment.

• A PowerSouth Energy Cooperative license agreement.

• Authority to assess property owners for the removal of a dilapidated building at 329 Orion St.

• A contract with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood for the Troy Municipal Airport.

• Councilman Charles Meeks will represent the city as a voting delegate at the Alabama League of Municipalities meeting.