According to St. Clair County Commission Chairman Stan Batemon, the most expensive road project the county ever took on cost $2.5 million for one year. With the help of the federal and state governments, the county could soon see road improvements of more than $20 million.
St. Clair County has now submitted more than 120 miles of roadway proposals to the Department of Transportation as part of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program, a bond program that designates federal highway funds for local projects. The sum of the projects statewide is more than $1 billion.
Locally, that means work available to private contractors to improve or repair roads, worth almost $26 million to St. Clair County. The requirement for the local government is a 20 percent match over a five-year period.
We cannot help but agree that improving the roads in and around the county can be nothing but a boost for the local citizens, as well as for economic development. Kudos to the state for such a vast undertaking, and kudos to county officials for pursuing it with such tenacity.