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Just over $1 million Ok’d to build new turn lane in front of CWEMC

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A center turn lane on Highway 43 in front of CWEMC should help improve safety.

A center turn lane on Highway 43 in front of CWEMC should help improve safety.

Clarke County officials, along with officers of Clarke-Washington Electric Membership Corporation have lobbied for a center turn lane on Highway 43 in front of the new CWEMC office since it was constructed.

It will be built, thanks to state ATRIP-II monies.

ATRIP funds allocated for the project total $1,168,416.15. No local funds or match will be required.

The only other project in the region is in Wilcox County where $1,116,693.95 was awarded for improvements at the intersection of Highway 10 and County Route 22 in Camden. Wilcox Central High School is on Highway 22.

The work will include new traffic signals, curbing and gutters, sidewalks, crosswalks and drainage improvements.

ATRIP is more properly named the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP-II), a program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act. The Rebuild Alabama Act requires ATRIP-II to be an annual program setting aside a minimum of $30 million off the top of ALDOT’s share of new gas tax revenue for projects of local interest on the state highway system.

“In Alabama, across our country and around the globe, we are all still working to get COVID-19 behind us, but here at home, we have not forgotten other priorities. Even as we are overcoming new challenges with the virus, we remain ever committed to making needed improvements to our infrastructure,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “I am proud that Rebuild Alabama continues making these investments possible in areas all across our state. Alabama continues to show progress and tangible results for the people of our state.”

There were 27 projects selected statewide for funding for a total of $45.99 million. Of those awarded projects, 20 were from cities and counties putting forward local funds, for a total of approximately $15.7 million. However, matching funds were not a requirement to be eligible.

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