Appalachian Regional Commission Funds $1M to Replace Aldrige Creek Bridge in Alabama

Written by Jennifer McLawhorn, Managing Editor
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Huntsville and Madison County Railroad Authority’s GE B23-7-diesel locomotive #3986 in Huntsville, Alabama, on February 25, 2020.
Courtesy of David Wilson via Wikimedia Commons

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced funds from the Appalachian Regional Commission will go toward upgrading the Madison County rail system.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA) announced the funds will go toward replacing the Aldrige Creek bridge, located along Huntsville and Madison County Railroad Authority’s 13.3-mile route near the Tennessee River. A new concrete bridge will replace the existing wooden bridge to bolster rail safety and allow train cars to carry heavier loads. 

Restoring service to Saint-Gobain industrial is a benefit of the new bridge. ADECA reported that previously, Saint-Gobain has had to rely on truck transportation to bring in sand due to the “decrease of permitted cargo tonnage over the bridge because of its age and condition.” HMCR provides rail service for 10 industries and has potential to attract more clients once the bridge is replaced. The railroad will also install more than 10,000 new crossties and improve its rail yard. 

Governor Ivey said, “The Huntsville and Madison County Railroad Authority has been an important short-line railroad that for years has dutifully served multiple industries. . . I am pleased to announce this funding for the upgrades that will help the rail system continue providing vital service for area industries for years to come.”

ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said, “With the economic boom that Hunstville and Madison County are currently experiencing, the Huntsville and Madison County Railroad Authority figures prominently into that growth equation. . . ADECA and Gov. Ivey are thankful to the Appalachian Regional Commission for funding this project that will continue to produce many benefits for north Alabama.”

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