By Gary Lloyd
CLAY — Repaving work on Old Springville Road in Clay could begin in March, Clay City Manager Ronnie Dixon said last week.
Dixon said the repaving work would likely last six to eight weeks.
Dixon said the city was set last week to contract with Jefferson County for the work. He said Jefferson County would pay $263,500 while Clay would ante up $200,000 for the project.
Dixon said that repaving will be done on sections of Old Springville Road that total almost nine miles, from the southern city limits to the Jefferson County line and including areas that are considered city of Birmingham.
The city of Clay had been awarded money as part of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program for the resurfacing of Old Springville Road. The city’s match for the project was set at $184,000 while ATRIP was to cover $736,000 for a total of $920,000 for the resurfacing project.
Dixon said that when engineering was done, the project came in with an estimate of $1.8 million and $300,000 just for engineering. He said it would have required buying right-of-way, putting in guardrails and covering culverts to bring the project to federal standards. Resurfacing became a $2 million job, and the city doesn’t have the 20 percent match, Dixon said.
“We’re basically foregoing the ATRIP money,” Dixon said.
Clay Mayor Charles Webster was on hand in October for an update on ATRIP projects that were announced throughout Jefferson County.
“We want everyone in Jefferson County to understand the profound impact of ATRIP on our area and on your ability to get to school and work,” County Manager Tony Petelos said at the time. “These improvements will immediately benefit our citizens and our economy, and I’d like to personally thank Gov. Robert Bentley for this wise investment in our local transportation system.”
Five projects in Trussville were on the original ATRIP funding list. They included resurfacing Queenstown Road from Roper Road to Second Street, resurfacing Camp Coleman Road from U.S. Highway 11 to Windsong Drive, traffic signalization on Chalkville Mountain Road from Norrell Drive to Tyler Loop Road, interchange lighting on Interstate 59 at Deerfoot Parkway, and turn lanes on Trussville-Clay Road and signalization at Husky Parkway.
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