Hwy 22 cut-through

Needed property has been bought for the Alabama Highway 22 project, buildings demolished, utilities moved, environmental and archaeological studies done, engineering work completed. At this point all that is needed is money.

Mike Corley, the Alabama Department of Transportation area operations engineer in the Alexander City office, said, "The funding. That's what is holding this up."

He said it is a combination of things but primarily it is the estimated $9.8-million cost of re-routing Highway 22 from its present location on North Main Street to intersect with Franklin Road to U.S. Highway 431.

The project is now set for November of 2019.

DeJarvis Leonard, formerly division engineer, now regional engineer located in Hoover, is checking on costs. If nothing changes it could be moved up, Corley said.

The problem is Congress has not passed a highway bill in several years. Continuing resolutions are passed that enable them to operate for two or three months. They have to wait on Congress to see what the funding level is.

"It affects our planning ability. It is hard to work without a budget. We have to plan long term," Corley said.

(For more about this highway project see the August 29 issue of The Randolph Leader, print or e-edition.)