The town applied for a Community Block Development Grant to widen and improve Georgia Avenue and connecting streets: Lake, Pollard, South Cook and Truett. Officials expect to hear soon whether they will receive the funding.
The Town Council pledged $75,000 toward the project, more than the required 20 percent match to increase its chances of winning the grant.
And now, State Senator Gerald Dial, R-Lineville has thrown his support behind the project.
Dial sent a letter to Jim Byard, director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, which administers the grant saying the project was a “major priority” of his.
Dial’s letter said the grant could bring work outside the town as well.
“We are coordinating with ALDOT to provide assistance in completing the road outside the city limits,” Dial wrote in the letter.
The project would involve efforts from the Alabama Department of Transportation, Cleburne County, Ranburne and ADECA, his letter said. ALDOT division engineer DeJarvis Leonard said he would have to look into the matter.
Cleburne County Engineer Shannon Robbins said he hasn’t heard of the additional road work. But it may be that the county hasn’t been contacted yet, Robbins added.
The grants are awarded on a point basis and sometimes the decision can come down to half a point, said Dial.
“We can’t tell them what to do; it’s federal money,” Dial said. “But if they have a letter from a legislator, it doesn’t hurt.”
Staff Writer Laura Camper 256-235-3545. On Twitter @LCamper_Star.