Council applies for grant money to fix road
by David Atchison
PELL CITY — The City Council approved applying for grant money Tuesday morning to improve the road access to the local hospital, college and veterans home.

In a unanimous vote, the council approved allowing the city manager and mayor to make application for grant money through the Alabama Department of Transportation’s Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program to rehabilitate and improve or realign Hazelwood Drive.

The project is estimated to cost $1.4 million.

“Whereas, the City and County desire to request $1,119.505.62 in ATRIP grant funds and jointly provide the required 20 percent local match of $279,876.41 …,” the resolution passed by the council Tuesday states.

Development of property in close proximity to the hospital and college continues, as traffic continues to increase along Hazelwood Drive.

“… the City and County have determined that pursuing the Hazelwood Drive improvement and realignment project is critical to rehabilitating and improving the transportation infrastructure necessary to provide the public adequate access to the Jefferson State Community College — Pell City Center, St. Vincent’s St. Clair Hospital, the Robert L. Howard State Veterans Home, and additional areas of future economic development …,” the resolution states.

The resolution also authorizes the power of eminent domain, if necessary, to secure property for the improved access road.

“… Given the public importance of the Hazelwood Drive improvement and realignment project, the City and County have determined that they will use all means necessary to complete said project, including using the power of eminent domain, if necessary,” the resolution states.

The St. Clair County Commission also approved the resolution at its meeting Tuesday morning.

The City Council also approved a resolution Tuesday authorizing the city manager and mayor to make application for ATRIP funds to improve or rehabilitate Truss Ferry Road/Golf Course Road.

That road project is estimated to cost $3.5 million, with the city’s local match at $707,562.

Contact David Atchison at datchison@dailyhome.com.

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