Opp to seeking TAP funding for sidewalks

Published 2:27 am Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Opp City Council agreed Monday night to apply for a Transportation Alternative Program grant for sidewalk improvements in District 4.

The application will be submitted to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

If funded, the project would cover areas on Dorsey, Barnes, Samuel, Kolb, Hardin and Mullins.

“This would cover six different streets tying Head Start to the Opp Housing Authority and the city pool,” said Civil Southeast Engineer Jeremy McMath.

The estimated cost of the project is $546,930, with the city being responsible for $147,626 or 20 percent.

Council members wanted to know if it was possible to get another round of funding since they recently received one.

“We’ve been very blessed to have received the two we already did,” McMath said. “We have had cities where we have gotten three before. I believe this is a very viable project.”

Opp Mayor John Bartholomew said it is important for the city to continue to receive 80/20 grants.

“Every year we want to have something going on,” he said. “That’s a good thing for our city.”

The applications are due in January, McMath said.