HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Alabama State Senators Tom Butler (R-Madison) and Arthur Orr (R-Decatur) today released the following statements regarding Governor Kay Ivey’s announcement of three significant infrastructure improvements in the Huntsville area, including the expansion of U.S. Highway 72 West, Alabama Highway 53 and Interstate 565.

“I was glad to join Governor Kay Ivey as she announced several significant infrastructure projects impacting North Alabama. The economic development and growth in Alabama’s Second District is booming with the U.S. Space Command, FBI relocation, Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant, and many more ventures bringing thousands of jobs to the area,” said Butler. “Four years ago, I walked car to car on Highway 72 and promised the people of the Second District that I would work toward solving the challenges we face with our infrastructure. Today’s announcement was the first major step to ensuring that promise is delivered. I am thankful for Governor Ivey’s leadership and support, which have allowed these much-needed projects to launch.”

“Today’s news is exciting for the Third District, North Alabama, and the entire state. Though these infrastructure projects will take place in the Huntsville area, the upgrades will impact Alabamians reaching all four corners of the state. The improvement of Alabama’s roads and highways enhances conditions for drivers and allows for further opportunity to grow the economy, develop the workforce, and strengthen key industries – all of which are critical to Alabama’s future and the ability to remain competitive with our neighboring states. I applaud Governor Ivey for her efforts to repair and renew our infrastructure, and Senator Butler and I appreciate Mayors Tommy Battle and Paul Finley for their substantial help to push these projects forward,” said Orr.

Senators Tom Butler and Arthur Orr represent Alabama’s Second and Third Districts, which are both located in North Alabama.