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Posted on: June 5, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of Calera Receives $11.7 Million Grant to Enhance Public Safety and Improve Traffic Flow

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The City of Calera is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded a substantial grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration. The grant, amounting to up to $11,742,184, will be utilized to develop, plan, acquire right-of-way, and construct an overpass bridge that will effectively eliminate two crossings in the downtown area. This project is a significant step towards enhancing public safety and improving traffic flow in our vibrant city.

The grant funds will empower the City of Calera to address the long-standing issue of blocked crossings in the downtown area. By eliminating these crossings, emergency personnel will be able to navigate through the city more efficiently and safely, ensuring that they can respond to emergencies in a timely manner. This development will bolster public safety and provide reassurance to residents and businesses alike, knowing that emergency services can access all areas of the city unimpeded.

Moreover, the construction of the overpass bridge will have a transformative impact on downtown Calera's traffic conditions. With the elimination of the two crossings, traffic congestion in the area will significantly decrease, leading to improved overall traffic flow. Residents, commuters, and visitors will experience reduced travel times and increased convenience, making Calera an even more accessible and attractive destination.

The City of Calera expresses its gratitude to the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration for their generous grant. This funding exemplifies their commitment to investing in infrastructure projects that promote public safety and support local communities. With this grant, the City of Calera can embark on a transformative project that will have a lasting positive impact on the lives of our citizens.

Mayor Jon Graham commented, "We are thrilled to receive this grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Railroad Administration. The overpass bridge project is a game-changer for Calera, as it will significantly enhance public safety and alleviate traffic congestion in our downtown area. We are excited about the positive impact this project will have on our community and are deeply grateful for the support we have received."

Regular updates will be provided to residents and stakeholders to ensure they are informed about the project's progress and any potential impacts on traffic patterns.

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