Rogers said funding for the project, which was contained in an appropriations bill passed by Congress Friday, was among his top priorities for Cherokee County this year. He said he hoped the funding would help support the further economic growth of the county and enhance the existing roadway.
It is critical we continue our investments in East Alabama's rural roads and highways," Rogers said. "I am pleased to have secured these funds, and hope they provide some much-needed Federal support for this important Cherokee County transportation project."
Rogers said funding for the project was contained in the conference report to H.R. 3058, the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development and Judiciary, the District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act of 2006. The bill passed 392-31. Rogers said the bill provides funding for a wide range of programs, from economic development to transportation initiatives.
"These investments are great news for Cherokee County and shows the strong support in Congress for these types of initiatives," Rogers said. "I also thank Senators Shelby and Sessions for their ongoing support of these initiatives in the Senate."
Rogers explained the bill must still be passed by the Senate before being sent to the White House for approval. He also said the funding levels announced today could change slightly depending on separate deficit reduction legislation under consideration in Congress