Got potholes? Birmingham approves $6.9M repaving plan

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Birmingham City Hall at Sunset 2021
Birmingham City Hall in 2021. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

At its September 14th meeting, the Birmingham City Council approved a $6.9 million plan to resurface nearly 200 streets throughout the city.

District 3 Councilor Valerie Abbott removed the repaving proposal from the consent agenda this morning to make sure there was a recorded vote on the city-wide infrastructure program. 

“I wanted to have this read out loud, just so residents who have been asking for repaving know that we are actually approving funds for street paving,” said Abbott, whose district covers the Glen Iris, Five Points South, Highland Park and Forest Park neighborhoods.

About $30 million in street resurfacing has been done in the past three years, Council President William Parker told WIAT-CBS 42.

District 2 Councilor Hunter Williams added, “I think one of the main  things that the citizens of Birmingham really want to see from us is keeping up our infrastructure. So, for as much stuff we pass every single week to keep the city going forward — I’m very happy that this is one of the items that we are passing today. Hopefully we can pass some more significant infrastructure  projects in the near future,  especially when we look at what federal dollars might be coming our way with the infrastructure bill that is being  debated currently in Congress as we speak.”

Here is the list of street projects obtained by CBS 42: Resurfaced streets proposal

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Birmingham, Randall Woodfin
Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. Photo vai Randall Woodfin’s Facebook page

Mayor Randall Woodfin gave several updates before the Council.

He informed the Council that the City had distributed $2.6 million in renters’ assistance to more than 530 Birmingham residents, with almost 100 more residents to receive additional funds soon.

The monies were distributed as part of the  Emergency Rental Assistance Program. More than half of the overall budget has been distributed, according to the mayor’s office. 

During his remarks, the  Mayor recognized the city’s partnerships and efforts concerning Sickle Cell Anemia. He also announced that the city is selling tailgating spaces for the Magic City Classic. Spots are limited. 

You can buy parking tickets beginning today at noon— here.

What do you think of the city’s repaving efforts? Tag us @bhamnow and let us know.

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Pat Byington
Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
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