City gives green light for ATRIP project

Published 1:57 pm Friday, March 28, 2014

The City of Greenville has hit another mile marker in its plan to improve roadways.

On Monday, the Greenville City Council voted to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to resurface South Conecuh Street from Hwy. 10 to U.S. Hwy. 31 in Greenville. The resurfacing will cover approximately 1.5 miles.

The project, which will be primarily funded through the state’s Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, is expected to cost $438,730.

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Funding for ATRIP comes through the use of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles Bonds (GARVEE). Through the use of GARVEE bonds, Alabama is able to access future federal dollars now in order to pay for road and bridge projects that are needed immediately.

“By using GARVEE bonds, we are able to make much-needed improvements without raising taxes,” Gov. Robert Bentley said. “In addition, this program will create construction jobs across the state as projects move forward, and by making areas more attractive to prospective employers, the ATRIP program will help with the long-term recruitment of even more jobs in the future.”

The city will be responsible for $87,746, according to the agreement that was approved by the council on Monday.

“We’ve been talking about this for some time, and this is just the next step in getting it done,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

According to City Clerk Sue Arnold, bids on the project will be accepted beginning April 4.