Today, Governor Bentley announced that over $372 million will be distributed to 45 counties participating in ATRIP. Out of all of those millions about $3.8 are going to Houston County for road repairs.
“We submitted over 20 million dollars in projects and only got 3.8 million, so it is going to be hard to fix them all,” said Mark Culver.
In the past ATRIP picked the roads that would be fixed, but now the County gets to make those decisions.
At the top of the list for repaving is a seven mile stretch on South Park Avenue.
“It will make it easier to get from 231 back to this end of town, it will open up more traffic for is and other people on this highway,” says owner of Leebay Motors, Ruth Chambliss.
The construction will start form the South Park and National Rd. and go all the way to Malvern Rd.
The road is old and in the need of repair.
“ It’s got a lot of cracks in it and it’s not going to be long before the potholes come, I traveled a lot myself and when you get in that condition they just start breaking up,” say’s Rodney Chambliss.
Along with South Park Avenue, the County will plan to use money to target other problem areas in the county.