News | June 26, 2013
New Questions Raised about the Beltline’s Environmental Impacts and Funding
A recent investigative piece in Birmingham’s Weld raises new questions about the proposed Northern Beltline, including questions about how the state will have enough funding to complete the costly project, which already has a thirty-year construction timeline. In the article, the Alabama Department of Transportation confirms that they currently only have around $130 million to spend on the project – far short of the Beltline’s $4.7-billion price tag.
The article also mentions that the Army Corps of Engineers has raised serious environmental concerns about the project, delaying its permitting.