The Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) was introduced by Governor Robert Bentley in 2012 as a bold infrastructure initiative aimed at investing over $1 billion into Alabama’s local roads and bridges. As a result of ATRIP’s investment plan, many counties are completing 15 to 20 years of road and bridge projects in a three to four year period. This accelerated investment into local infrastructure helps counties address many critical needs by giving them the resources to rehabilitate, preserve, and improve roads and bridges on county systems—improvements that would otherwise not be possible. ATRIP involves the use of federal funds, and is only applicable to roads that are functionally classified as a major collector or higher. In addition to the millions of dollars the ATRIP investment has saved taxpayers by leveraging record low interest rates versus delayed construction costs, studies also show that the $1.25 billion investment provides Alabama’s citizens with nearly $6.275 billion in benefits.
ATRIP has yielded unprecedented transportation improvements for all 67 of Alabama’s counties, but many communities still lack the resources to adequately address all of the state’s road and bridge deficiencies. Now that the ATRIP program is nearing its end, many county officials and engineers worry that the momentum gained from ATRIP will be stopped in its tracks. For this reason, the Alabama Legislature is gearing up to consider an infrastructure plan that will invest a minimum of $10 million into each of the 67 counties in Alabama.
This plan, dubbed ATRIP-2, is an economic development and safety improvement program designed to enhance and improve Alabama’s transportation system at the local level. Counties and cities will receive the proceeds from a $1.2 billion bond issue to improve and replace their deteriorating roads and bridges – with an emphasis on safety, bridge replacement and the enhancement of the state’s neglected Farm-to-Market Road System.
President Trump recently released a $1 trillion infrastructure proposal that will impact every state- but only if they’re ready.
““We’re not going to give the money to states unless they can prove that they can be ready, willing and able to start the project. We don’t want to give them money if they’re all tied up for seven years with state bureaucracy.” – President Trump on $1 Trillion Federal Infrastructure Plan
The time is now to invest in Alabama’s infrastructure. ATRIP-2 will not only ensure that Alabama is ready when federal funds become available, but it will dramatically improve the state’s local infrastructure, opening the door to increased safety and economic growth for generations to come.
The interactive map below demonstrates the county-by-county impacts of ATRIP-2. Hover over a county to see a synopsis of ATRIP-2’s impact: