Governor Kay Ivey announced Monday that the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) has been awarded the contract for the first phase of the Highway 52 widening in Geneva County.
“I am proud to announce that through the transformative power of Rebuild Alabama, we have made significant progress in widening Highway 52,” said Governor Ivey. “This is a critical project that will ensure seamless travel and safe passage for all, and will deliver economic growth and prosperity. Through Rebuild Alabama, he said, by expanding mile by mile, we will continue to advance our infrastructure. We continue to make great progress.”
The Highway 52 widening project will eventually create a four-lane connection from Hartford to Dothan. The first project will add additional travel lanes in each direction over a 5.4-mile stretch from near Cox Street in Slocombe to the Scott Road intersection in Malvern.
This project is fully funded by revenues made possible by the Rebuilding Alabama Act. The Rebuilding Alabama Act was supported by Governor Kay Ivey and overwhelmingly approved by the Alabama Legislature in 2019. The bill provides new state revenue for road and bridge projects for the first time since 1992.
This is ALDOT's latest project under the “Economic Development Road Program” category mandated under the Alabama Reconstruction Act. Since 2019, ALDOT has completed several major projects across Alabama to address economic development and congestion. Additionally, more than $181 million was awarded to all 67 counties and 157 cities through two local grant programs created by new funds made possible by the Rebuilding Alabama Act.
State Sen. Donnie Chestin and Rep. Jeff Sorrells praised the project as transformative for their constituents.
“Today is an exciting day for Geneva County and one that has been a long time coming,” said State Sen. Donnie Chestin. “This project is a game-changer for our state and will be invaluable to the growth and prosperity of the people and businesses here. This is not just a matter of convenience; it is an economic It’s about the potential for development and the possibility of building a brighter future for all families in Geneva County.”
Sorrells echoed Chestin's praise.
“This project will make a significant contribution to future economic growth and the growth of our region. The impact of this project will be felt for many years into the future. We greatly appreciate the hard work of the Alabama Department of Transportation and its staff. ” said state Rep. Jeff Sorrells.
Dothan-based Wiregrass Construction Company was the lowest of four potential bidders at about $23 million. This is ALDOT's largest road or bridge project so far in fiscal year 2024.
Construction is expected to begin this spring and last approximately three years.