Paving project may move forward after meeting
by James Phillips
Jun 04, 2012 | 1288 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper officials expect funding from the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) will pave four area roads within the coming years. The project design for the first road could begin after Tuesday’s meeting of the Jasper City Council.

According to an agenda released by the city, council members are expected to consider giving Mayor Sonny Posey the authority to enter into an agreement with Goodwin, Mills and Cawood to handle project design for the resurfacing of Walston Bridge Road.

Joe Mathews, public works director for the city, said during a May council meeting that Walston Bridge Road would be the first of the four roads to be resurfaced due to the results of a traffic study. The other roads to be resurfaced with ATRIP funding include 9th Avenue, Old Birmingham Highway and 3rd Avenue. Matthews also said in May that 9th Avenue would be included in Phase 1 of the resurfacing, with construction beginning in September. Old Birmingham Highway would be Phase 2, which would take place in 2013, and 3rd Avenue would be the final phase.

Funding for ATRIP comes through the use of GARVEE bonds. GARVEE is the term commonly used to describe the Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicles Bond Program.

Other items on the agenda for Tuesday’s Jasper City Council meeting include:

- A report on bids for an HVAC Project for Swann Gymnasium.

- Approval of a budget amendment.

- A request to spend $6,327.50 for half of the cost for repair of heat pump at the Jasper Public Library.

- Approval of a change order in the amount of $9,940 for additional work performed on the existing asphalt on Whitehouse Road widening project.

- A resolution for an economic development grant for water system improvements.

- Consider closing the alleyway on Third Avenue, between 14th Street and Marion Avenue.

The council meeting is open to the public and will take place at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the second-floor meeting chamber at Jasper City Hall.