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Five rural localities in the Wiregrass picked up nearly $1 million in grants from the Alabama Department of Transportation to resurface local roads — doled out with revenue from the new gas tax.

Louisville was awarded $110,535 to resurface Beatty Drive and paint a centerline on Victoria Street. Red Level was awarded $125,070 to resurface Recreation, Greer and Parker-Pickett roads. Clayhatchee was awarded $246,865 to resurface Ballpark Drive, and widen and resurface Davidson Road and Fulford Drive. The city of Black in Geneva County was awarded $250,000 to resurface North Adolph, Weatherly, Hathaway, Curtis and Clay streets. Goshen was awarded $211,700 to resurface South Montgomery, Sanders and Oak streets, and complete drainage repairs on Montgomery Street and Greenville Avenue.

Each city has to put up an additional 20% to fund its projects.

The funding is made available through the Annual Grant Program, which was created under the Rebuild Alabama Act. It requires ALDOT to establish an annual program with $10 million off the top of the state’s share of new gas tax revenue for local road and bridge projects.

There were 31 projects statewide selected for funding, totaling $7 million.

“An investment in our roads and bridges is an investment in the future of Alabama,” Gov. Kay Ivey said. “These $7 million in funds will go a long way in helping communities across the state address various road and bridge projects. I am proud to see the continuing positive ramifications from the Rebuild Alabama Act. Soon, every Alabama citizen will feel the benefits from this additional investment in our infrastructure.

A second award cycle later this year will award the remaining $3 million, with notification to cities and counties coming from the League of Municipalities and County Commission Associations. All projects are expected to be under contract by the end of the calendar year, after bids are taken.

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