It’s a day that the residents of Cherokee County have been waiting a VERY long time for – a VERY long time indeed. Governor Kay Ivey announced Tuesday morning that the widening of U.S. Highway 411 between Cherokee and Etowah County is first up on the list of actions being taken by the “Rebuild Alabama Act”.
WEIS Radio News spoke with Representative Ginny Shaver following the announcement on Tuesday morning:
Cherokee County is one of 16 Alabama counties currently not served by a four-lane route to an interstate – and Shaver pointed out that the county has been waiting several decades for this project to be completed:
Representative Shaver summed up by saying that she appreciated and supported Governor Ivey’s Rebuild Alabama Plan, including investing in rural districts.
WEIS Radio also received an e-mail from Senator Andrew Jones just moments following the announcement, saying: “I’m pleased to join Governor Kay Ivey in announcing the widening of U.S. Highway 411 between Etowah and Cherokee counties. While many did not understand the importance of the Rebuild Alabama Act, commonly known as the “gas tax,” I hope that the citizens of District 10 will now see that it is paying dividends for our area. I will always put the needs of my district first!”
Beginning in January of 2020, state, county and municipal governments in Alabama will see additional revenue from the fuel tax increase of six cents which will begin September 1st of 2019. There will be a two cent increase October 1st of 2020, and another two-cent increase on October 1st of 2021.
Governor Ivey signed the Rebuild Alabama Act into law on March 12th. We’ll have more on this story as it develops including the time frame regarding the projected start dates for the projects and estimated dates for completion once that information has been released.