Riley to help cut 113 ribbon

Published 3:46 pm Wednesday, November 12, 2008

By By Lisa Tindell – news editor
Drivers looking for a four-lane route to I-65 will soon find an end to that search.
Alabama Governor Bob Riley along with other state, county and city officials from Flomaton will be on hand today for a ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the newly renovated Alabama 113.
The ribbon-cutting event has been coordinated by Gov. Riley's office, Bondurant said, and will include several speakers in the 10 a.m. ceremony.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held in September 2007 after 40 years of waiting for the project to begin.
The four-lane project for Alabama 113 came with a high price tag, with several governmental departments kicking in funds to make it a reality.
The project has been made possible through funding from several sources. Alabama committed $20 million to the project with the city of Flomaton and Escambia County, Alabama each providing $500,000 to the project. Escambia County, Fla., committed $4 million to bring the project to completion.
Officials have stated the purpose of the new construction is to help during emergency situations connected with hurricane evacuations. The project will relieve overcrowding of roadways through Escambia County, Florida and Alabama as evacuees from Florida attempt to move away from the path of a storm.
The construction, which was approved in August 2007, began in September 2007 and is being completed ahead of spring 2009 deadline.
Walls Construction of Evergreen has been responsible for the work on the project.