Gov. Robert Bentley has signed legislation to help all counties participate in a program to repair roads and bridges.
The state has started a more than $600 million road and bridge repair program. The state puts up 80 percent and local governments pay 20 percent toward projects. Some counties don't have enough revenue to provide the local match. The new legislation allows the state to sell up to $25 million in bonds to pay the local match. Counties that use the state funds for their match will be capped at getting $5 million each for repairs. Counties that pay their own match won't have a cap.
Bentley says 22 counties could benefit.