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City green lights ATRIP projects

The ride along several Greenville streets will soon be a bit smoother.

At its last meeting, the Greenville City Council authorized the city to enter into an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation for the resurfacing of North Conecuh Street, Airport Road, Glendale Avenue and Hickory Street was part of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.

“We’ve been waiting for this,” Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon said.

The estimated cost of the resurfacing of the 3.33 miles of roadway will be $1.43 million. The city will be responsible for $286,154.

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. Local municipalities are required to pay a 20 percent match.

At its meeting, the council also approved a $29,181 payment to Butler County for a joint project to resurface Honoraville Road and Halso Mill Road through ATRIP.

The city will pay the county for its portion of the 20 percent match to pave Halso Mill Road from U.S. Hwy. 31 to the city limits sign and Honoraville Road from Alabama Hwy. 10 to the city limits sign.

“It makes a lot of sense to do it this way because we are only paying the 20 percent instead of having to pay for the entire amount to pave from the city limits to the main road,” McLendon said. “It’s a good move for us. The city and the county try to work together on things like this when we can.”

The work comes on the heels of a $603,084 paving project that the city undertook in April that saw Manningham Road, Gamble Street, Pinedale, Oliver Street, Stanfield Street, Dunklin Street, Academy Drive, Linda Avenue, Thames Street, Shady Ridge, Lake Drive, Bell Lane, World Street, Roosevelt Street, South Park Street, Lincoln Street, Carver Circle, Frost Street and Rhodes Road resurfaced.