City seeking funding for Viking Drive
by James Phillips
May 22, 2013 | 1279 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Applications for the final round of funding assistance through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program are due by the end of the week, and city officials are hoping Jasper will receive money for a significant project via the program.

The city has already received several millions of dollars for road improvement projects through ATRIP, including projects on Airport Road, Old Birmingham Highway, 9th Avenue and Walston Bridge Road. The Jasper City Council voted Tuesday to apply for more ATRIP funding to solve serious issues on Viking Drive.

Public Works Director Joe Matthews said the road project would begin at Corona Avenue in downtown Jasper and end at Highway 118. The estimated cost for the project is $4 to $5 million.

“We have some bad drainage issues on Viking Drive, especially in the area of Corona Avenue,” Matthews said. “This project would solve those issues and replace old drainage structures along that road.”

The proposed project would also add or repair turning lanes along Viking Drive and add a traffic light where it intersects with Jones Dairy Road.

“The traffic light will have loop detectors,” Matthews said. “It will stay green on Viking Drive until there is traffic on Jones Dairy Road.”

Matthews estimated the length of the road work at two miles. He said construction could begin in 2014 and finish in 2015.

“As big as this project is, I think that is a realistic time,” he said. “It will be a nine month project to complete.”

In other action from the meeting:

•Mayor Sonny Posey reappointed Wayne Rector to the Jasper Housing Authority Board.

•The council approved a parade permit for Saturday at 10 a.m. on 25th Street from 9th Avenue to Highway 69.

•Council members approved exclusive beverage rights at park facilities from Birmingham Coca-Cola.

•Approved participating in the annual severe weather-related sales tax holiday each February.