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Commissioners have alternative plan to fund road repair after gas tax fails

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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A plan to pour millions of dollars into Jefferson County for bridge and road repair died in the Alabama legislature.

The county would have liked to have millions of dollars for roads and bridges. But with the loss of the gas tax in Montgomery, Jefferson County Commissioners said they have an alternate plan to get the job done.

There is a huge demand for road work in Jefferson County. Thursday on Sicard Hollow Road, a paving project continues in that area. This will make life easier for homeowners there.

Over in the Forestdale area on Devine Drive, another paving project is underway.

The county will still be able to pour millions of dollars into paving and bridge work. The county recently got that state court ruling allowing for the refinancing of the school tax.

This revamp will free up a lot of cash for road work.

"That is what our dedicated funding is going to be for Jefferson County. We dedicated 20 to 25 million dollars on the refunding of the education tax for roads and transportation," Joe Knight, Jefferson Co. Commissioner said.

Work is expected to begin soon on replacing the Mount Olive Road Bridge. The county still must go to Wall Street and refinance the school tax that is expected in about a month or so.

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