April 15, 2010

State of Alabama
Press Release: Lt. Governor Folsom (2007-11)

"Big Jim" Folsom Inducted into Road Builders Hall of Fame

Former Governor James E. "Big Jim" Folsom, father of Lt. Governor Jim Folsom, Jr. was inducted into the Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame April 14th at a ceremony in Montgomery.

The Alabama Road Builders Hall of Fame was formed in 2002 to properly recognize the many individuals and companies who have contributed so greatly to the transportation construction industry in the state of Alabama.  The mission of the Alabama Road Builders is  to honor, preserve and perpetuate the outstanding contributions of individuals and companies that have brought and continue to bring significant recognition to Alabama.

Folsom was honored for the implementation of Alabama’s “Farm to Market” Road program.  Folsom rightly understood that the entire economy of the state would be stimulated if we facilitated getting products to market in a cost effective manner.  Beginning with the vision of  paving 100 miles of road in each of the 67 counties in Alabama, Folsom eventually spearheaded the construction of over 18,000 miles of paved roads in the state.   Folsom’s infrastructure program also constructed 217 miles of bridges statewide.


Approximately $650 million of federal, state and county funds were invested in the program. Historians have judged Folsom’s “Farm to Market” program as one of the most efficient and effective uses of combined state and federal funding in our nation’s history. 


The legacy of Folsom’s vision is that Alabama entered the mid-century poised to attract new industry that would restructure the Alabama economy and lead us down a pathway that continues to bear economic fruit today.  


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