County pursuing $5M for roads

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 13, 2013

Covington County is looking to secure nearly $5 million in the third round of ATRIP funding.

County Engineer Darren Capps said Wednesday the county’s three-project application was submitted at the end of May for funds under the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP). To date, 439 projects statewide have been funded. In the first two rounds of the largest road and bridge improvement project in state history, the county received nearly $700,000 to fund three projects – one resurfacing and two new bridges.

Now, Capps said he hopes to get funding to resurface:

• Straughn School Road from U.S. Hwy. 29 to the county line, with a projected cost of $2.24 million;

• County Road 4 from Ala. Hwy. 137 in Wing to Ala. Hwy. 55 in Lockhart, with a projected cost of $2.25 million; and,

• Salem Church Road from Padgett Road to U.S. Hwy. 29, with a projected cost of $500,000.

“These roads need it; period,” Capps said. “I’d say that County Road 4 is the worst of the three. The last time it was resurfaced was in 1986. Straughn School Road was done in 1992, but it gets lots of traffic and is getting in bad shape. Salem Church Road is just as bad.”

Capps said a funding decision is expected within the next two months.

The project will require a 20 percent local funds match or an estimated