Wiregrass towns benefiting from Rebuild Alabama Act
It’s been 4 months since the Rebuild Alabama Act took effect.
Now some Wiregrass towns are beginning to reap the benefits.
The town of Black, Alabama has a population less than 300. So Geneva County officials had to make a decision.
“They said they had so many bad roads in the county, Black was going to have to be responsible for all of the roads in Black” Said Maxine DeBrod, Mayor of Black.
The most the county will do is fill in pot holes.
“In front of the fire department is just patched road now because it has been patched so many times” DeBrod exclaimed.
Back in November 2019 engineers from Praestare Engineering assessed 5 roads in Black and applied for a 250 thousand dollar grant to repave those roads.
Two months later Mayor DeBrod received the good news.
“The state looked at the condition of our roads and said ‘wow they’re really bad, they really need this worse than other towns that are larger’” said the Mayor.
Town native, Edward Showers remembers when the roads were smooth.
“They were paved just a couple years before I was born in ’53” Showers said.
As Showers grew up, he witnessed the deterioration of his roads and it wasn’t until the 1980’s that he last saw them get repaved.
“The only time I remember the paving was when our daughter was about 8 years old and that would’ve been over 30 years ago” he explained.
Once the roads are paved Showers will remember what is was like riding around in the good old days.
Clayhatchee in Dale County was also approved for more than 246 thousand dollars to repave three of their roads.