The transportation bill – and with it, highway funds for most of the
United States – did not make it through Congress this year. However, at least
one project is moving forward, thanks to a congressman who added the road to
the Omnibus Appropriations Bill that recently passed Congress.
That project is the western extension of Interstate 565 in Alabama. Federal
funding for the 2.5-mile project, about $3 million worth, was included in the
appropriations bill by Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-AL.
It would run from I-65 to the Tennessee River bridges, essentially
completing an interstate connector from Huntsville to Decatur.
The federal money is only a fraction of the projected cost of the road,
but Aderholt’s office indicated in a release that he would seek more money for
the project in the upcoming transportation bill.