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Limestone Co. officials seek road improvement funding

Officials in Limestone County are working to make the roads better for drivers. Officials in Limestone County are working to make the roads better for drivers.
LIMESTONE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Officials in Limestone County are working to make the roads better for drivers.  A proposal has been sent to Montgomery for the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program grants.  

The proposal comes from the city of Athens and Limestone County.  They are asking for $10.65-million to go toward improving roads and bridges in the area.  

"It improves our area it makes us more attractive to have good transportation and meet the needs out there," said Limestone County Chairman Stanley Menefee.

If the grant money is granted, the state will pay 80 percent of the tab.  The county or city will take care of the rest. Menefee said the millions would help fund the cost to replace outdated bridges in the county like the two over Swan Creek on Forrest Street.

"Some of the bridge projects are bridges that were built back years ago and they didn't have regulations on them, they just built a bridge and you know today the truck traffic and everything, equipment traffic and everything are bigger and wider," he said.  "This would replace them with a newer modern bridge."

The money will also go towards resurfacing and widening roads and adding turn signals to others to make them safer. Menefee used the intersection of East Limestone Road and Capshaw Road as an example.

"The traffic when school is in session really gets bogged up," he said. 

Now that the proposal headed out for approval, city and county officials like Menefee will play the waiting game.

"What happens there is we wait until these projects are approved and if they are approved by the state and accepted then we have to do the engineering and all that," he said.

Menefee expects it'll take a couple of months for the proposal to be approved by the state. If it is approved, it goes to the Limestone County Commissioners office for their approval, then steps can be taken towards those road improvements.

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