Alabama highway gets federal dollars

| 11/24/2004

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.