Alabama to Fund 31 Road Projects With $7 Million From Increased Fuel Tax

Interchange near Birmingham, Ala. Highway interchange near Birmingham, Ala. (Jay Reeves/Associated Press)

Alabama cities and counties will get $7 million from the state’s increased fuel tax to help fund 31 road projects, Gov. Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation announced Jan. 16.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 16, 2020
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Mobile's Interstate 10 Project Could Be Costlier Than First Imagined

George Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 beneath the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama Traffic crawls through the George Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 beneath the Mobile River in Mobile, Ala. (Associated Press/Jay Reeves)

Critics of Alabama's plan to toll the future Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project have repeatedly questioned the rationale for building a new 7.5-mile Bayway — a route largely consisting of bridges — between Mobile and Baldwin counties.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
August 23, 2019
Business, Safety

Alabama Grand Champion David Hawk Paces FedEx Freight

Alabama TDC Grand Champion David Hawk Grand Champion David Hawk celebrates as Alabama TDC Chairman Jeff Melville (left) of Publix and Alabama Trucking Association Chairman Fenn Church of Church Transportation and Logistics look on. (Ford Boswell/Alabama Trucking Association)

David Hawk is taking his driving skills from Pelham to Pittsburgh. The FedEx Freight driver won the 3-Axle competition and clinched Grand Champion honors in the Alabama Truck Driving Championships earning a spot in the national event in August.

Judd Hanson | News Editor
June 4, 2019
Government, Business

Trucks, Cars Directed Around Birmingham During Major Bridge Project

Alabama bridge project ALDOT

A stretch of interstate highway running through downtown Birmingham, Ala., that serves as an important freight route will be closed for about a year for infrastructure improvements.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 25, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Fuel Tax Hike Coming to Alabama in New Infrastructure Law

Kay Ivey Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey holds a news conference March 4 after deadly tornadoes hit the state. (Vasha Hunt/AP)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law the Rebuild Alabama Act, which includes a fuel tax increase to support infrastructure projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 13, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey Proposes Fuel Tax Hike for Infrastructure Plan

Road in Birmingham, Ala. A road in Birmingham, Ala. (Terry McCombs/Flickr)

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has proposed a 10-cent increase to the state’s fuel tax as part of her Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan to generate money for transportation projects.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
March 4, 2019

Alabama’s Deteriorating Roads Cost Drivers $5.3 billion a Year, Report Says

Roads Highway interchange near Birmingham, Ala. (Jay Reeves/Associated Press)

Alabama’s roads and bridges have deteriorated to such an extent that it costs each resident $5.3 billion a year, according to a report by a nonprofit transportation research organization.

February 25, 2019

Alabama Senate Committee Proposes Moving Road Funds; Cutting State Agencies

Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr

An Alabama Senate committee voted May 3 to move $63.5 million in road and bridge funds from the General Fund to the Department of Transportation, a move that would cut funding to state agencies.

Mike Cason | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
May 4, 2017

Plan to Enlarge Mobile Ship Channel Raises Environmental Issues

Alabama State Port Authority

A plan is afoot to widen and deepen the Mobile Ship Channel to allow larger ships carrying more cargo to make their way up Mobile Bay.

Ben Raines | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
March 16, 2017

Alabama Won’t Raise Fuel Taxes After All

Less than three weeks after seeming poised to approve a fuel-tax increase for the first time since 1992, Alabama has joined Hawaii, Indiana, Mississippi and West Virginia and did not do so during its legislative session this year.

David Elfin | Staff Reporter
May 2, 2016