Grant to help pave roads

Published 1:19 am Wednesday, January 9, 2013

A $600,000 grant from the Alabama Department of Transportation will be used to help the City of Brewton pave some streets, Mayor Yank Lovelace said Tuesday.

Lovelace credited county commission Chairman David Stokes with helping the city secure the grant, which does not require any matching funds.

The Rural Assistance Match Program — RAMP — was introduced late last year to work in conjunction with ALDOT’s ATRIP program, which was created by Gov. Robert Bentley to assist counties and cities with transportation needs.

RAMP money, according to a letter from ALDOT to counties across the state, was intended to help those communities who could not afford matching funds.

City Clerk John Angel said he will begin working with an engineer to determine which streets in Brewton need the most attention from paving.

“We’ll put together a priority list,” Angel told council members at a workshop meeting Tuesday afternoon.

Lovelace said grant funding from the state or federal government might be hard to come by in the future as budgets are tight for everyone. “This (money) was almost a Godsend,” he said.