Hanceville Rebuild Alabama Act project completed

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HANCEVILLE, Ala. — A Hanceville project funded by the Rebuild Alabama Act has been completed.

A stretch of Commercial St. in downtown Hanceville has been resurfaced, while curb ramps and crosswalks in the area have been replaced to ensure the city’s pathways are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The Rebuild Alabama Act grant, which was prepared and submitted by the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments (NARCOG) as part of its Rural Planning Organization works program awarded Hanceville $250,000 for the $275,000 project. The Hanceville City Council committed $25,000 in local match funds.

The RAA grant was submitted as part of the 2020 Fiscal Year RPO works program.

The project had a minimum of two inches of the existing layer of wearing surface along Commercial St. in downtown Hanceville milled out and replaced with new wearing surface beginning at U.S. 31 and moving eastward to the bridge at North Fork Mud Creek where the existing curbing ends at the Hanceville Civic Center.

Intermediate points along the street include Hanceville First Baptist Church, Trinity Lutheran Church and First United Methodist Church.

Due to issues with puddling and stormwater drainage, the project removed the existing asphalt from the roadway gutters and restored the original gutters and asphalt interface to improve drainage.

Also, as part of the project, the downtown curb ramps in the area were removed and replaced with ADA compliant ramps, and the existing crosswalks were removed and replaced with stamped concrete to ensure the construction of ADA accessible pathways are consistent.

The ADA compliance issues were identified during a Main Street Alabama Walkability Audit Workshop in 2020, and the project is helping aid the implementation of the Hanceville Downtown Improvement Plan and Comprehensive Plan Update.

Since Fiscal Year 2019, NARCOG has helped secure $3,649,657 in grant funds for assistance with projects in Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan counties.

The NARCOG Regional Planning Agency provides regional and community planning services which improve the quality of life for the residents of Cullman, Lawrence and Morgan counties. These planning services include economic development and recovery plans, downtown revitalization plans and area plans. Other projects include assistance with urban design solutions, subdivision regulations, and zoning ordinances to help guide the future growth and development of the region.

For more information about NARCOG and the services the agency provides, visit https://www.narcog.org/ or follow the agency at facebook.com/narcogal.