Commission accepts $5.1M in ATRIP funding
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 20, 2013 | 1209 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After canceling its regularly scheduled meeting for Monday, the Walker County Commission held an emergency meeting Monday afternoon to accept $5.1 million recently allocated to Walker County for road and bridge projects.

The funding, which is coming through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, will be shared by the county and city of Jasper. The exact amount going to each is currently being negotiated by local officials.

“We have to respond to the governor by Aug. 23, thus the emergent nature of this meeting,” said county attorney Eddie Jackson.

According to a press conference held last month, the city intends to use its funds to widen and resurface Viking Drive to provide better access for the new Walker High School.

The county’s projects include the restoration of Brown’s Bridge and Smith Chapel Bridge.

The commission also met in a brief executive session regarding the ATRIP funding before adjourning the meeting.