I have requested the following earmarks from the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee:
Realignment of SR-22 to US-431
Widening of Hwy 411
Ragland, Alabama Rail Grade Crossing Safety, Transportation, Education, and Mobility (STEM) Project
Lighting and Landscaping on I-85 at Exit 57
I have requested the following Appropriations earmarks:
1. Fruithurst Water
Cleburne County Water Authority
Fruithurst, Alabama is the site of a cluster of rare cancers. Auburn University has determined it to be related to groundwater contamination. This would allow residents who still get their municipal water from a well to get connected to a clean, safe water source.
2. Cherokee County Training Office
Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office
The Cherokee County Sheriff s Office has a shovel-ready project to build a regional law enforcement training center in Cherokee County. The facility will be the first public safety related training center in Cherokee County. The land has been secured, cleared, and a building pad has been built. The training center would allow for regional law enforcement and public safety training, in partnership Jacksonville State University, the University of Tennessee, and the FBI. In addition to a training building, a firearms range is to be constructed to allow for firearms training, including the FBI firearms instructor training. Training topics will be endless, but include, legal updates, bias awareness, de-escalation, crisis intervention, leadership, crime scene forensics, and much, much more.
3. ACDI Business Center Complex
Auburn City Chamber of Commerce and Auburn University
The ACDI Business Center Complex is designed and planned to be a comprehensive center for business innovation and training in topics needed by our business and industry of tomorrow. Five phases of renovation and construction are planned to meet the needs for business incubation, machining and advanced automation training, tool and die training and ICAMS (Interdisciplinary Center for Advanced Manufacturing Systems). The complex began in 2020 as phase one of five phases to house and develop manufacturing expertise and training in - multi axis machining, metrology and industrial automation. Additional phases encompass additive manufacturing opportunities, digital factory (Industry 4.0) applications, controls and robotics, tool and die and business development through incubation.
4. St Clair County Emergency Operations Upgrades
St Clair County, Alabama
St Clair County Commission
Since we have P25 systems in adjacent counties, there are some efficiencies that can be garnered through partnering, as well as the overlapping service that exists from the current P25 sites (map attached). The State of Alabama Communication Interoperability Plan, which was developed in concert with Homeland Security, identified the establishment of interoperable P25 systems as a goal, and I thought that would make the project a good candidate for the Community-Based Project process, or possibly other FEMA grant opportunities. The up-front cost for the project is in the range of $5m, which would establish 4 new tower sites and purchase the mobile and portable radio consoles.
5. Tuskegee-Auburn Center for Airfield Pavement Studies
Moton Field, Tuskegee, Alabama
Auburn and Tuskegee Universities
The Tuskegee-Auburn Center for Airfield Pavement Management, which is a new partnership with Tuskegee University and Auburn University as equal partners, will: 1. Deliver up-to-date training and construction technical assistance for public airport owners, consulting engineers, and contractors on the construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of airfield pavements in accordance with FAA specifications and the Unified Facilities Guide Specification; 2. Demonstrate the most cost-effective pavement preservation treatments and rehabilitation strategies of airfield pavements through workshops and field tests with general aviation airports; 3. Develop and assess the durability (fatigue crack propagation kinetics) of asphalt additives for inhibiting environmental cracking of new airfield pavements and spray- applied rejuvenators for existing pavement surfaces; 4. Develop unmanned aerial systems for rapid and comprehensive airfield pavement condition assessments, in-situ pavement sensors for loading capacity, and rapid runway friction evaluation tests to better monitor and manage timing of pavement preservation and rehabilitation activities; and 5. Foster a collaborative program where engineering students and researchers from Tuskegee and Auburn can work together to advance airfield pavements while building the engineering workforce needed to meet America s infrastructure challenges.
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