The Building of the Northern Beltline Will Be Environmentally Responsible

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said that the Northern Beltline will be the best-designed highway in Alabama, and that during construction, the most care will be taken to minimize environmental impacts. reports:

Calling the project one of his campaign promises, Bentley made the remark during a Tuesday press conference at Gardendale Public Library announcing the state has secured the final necessary permit to begin building the first 1.3-mile segment of the highway.



Economic Development Projects and the ATRIP Funds List

The director of the Alabama Department of Transportation recently said that economic development projects have sent three counties to the top of  the state’s $1 billion road and bridge program. reports:

A chart compiled by showed that Cullman County, Madison County and Tuscaloosa County received more per capita than the other 20 largest counties under the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program.



Approval Process For Northern Beltline Should Be Streamlined

According to  U.S. Rep. Spencer Bachus, large construction projects such as the Northern Beltline are delayed by “protracted” permitting processes which should be simplified. reports:

“One thing we can all agree on is that we need more jobs and construction jobs are some of the best paying jobs out there,” Bachus said. “Unfortunately, a big roadblock to creating more of these jobs is the inexcusably slow review process imposed by Washington on the permitting of new construction projects.



“Corridor X” to Benefit Walker County; Northern Beltline Would Work for North Jefferson

A recent news report highlights the many benefits that are coming to Walker County, which will soon be home to the newest major interstate in Alabama (I-22). The future interstate, currently known as “Corridor X”, directly links Birmingham to Memphis, TN. “Corridor X” is creating jobs and easier access to natural recreational areas. We want those same benefits and more for North Jefferson.

Just as many benefits are flowing to Walker County from the impending completion of the future I-22, there are many benefits that North Jefferson will realize with the completion of the Northern Beltline. These include an additional $2 billion in economic impact, the creation of nearly 21,000 jobs, and the generation of $54 million in new tax revenues per year.

Alabama’s 13 reports:

"Less than 22 miles from Birmingham, Walker County- an area once bustling with coal mining operation is home to Jasper, the county’s seat…The town of more than 13,857 people is bustling with new energy and more businesses opening up in the downtown business district."

Read more the FULL STORY at Alabama’s 13.


Permission Granted, Go Forth And Build!

Permission-Granted-Go-Forth.pngUntil the federal government began collecting taxes and financing highways in the 20th century, state governments and the private sector performed that task. The first federal highway act passed in 1916 and, over the years, the federal highway program expanded.

Today, the federal government plays the largest role in transportation policy through its highway programs for state governments and a growing array of regulatory mandates.

One of the most critical regulatory requirements any road project must meet before construction can begin is compilation and approval by the Federal Highway Administration (FHwA) of a federal environmental impact statement (FEIS). The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires a detailed statement of environmental impacts approved by the FHwA, the lead agency in the environmental review process for any federally funded highway project.

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