Excess fill dirt being stored at Kentuck Park for future projects
By WVUA 23 News Student Reporter Leosha Dickens
If you drive along Rice Mine Road, you’ve probably seen multiple trucks carrying dirt. The Alabama Department of Transportation and the the city of Tuscaloosa began working recently on the McWright’s Ferry Road Extension project. This project will connect Rice Mine Road and New Watermelon Road over North River.
But this project is also having an impact on the city of Northport. The excess dirt being removed from the McWright’s Ferry project is being transported and stored at Kentuck Park in Northport.
City leaders say this is a win-win for both municipalities. Tuscaloosa is getting rid of all the excess dirt, and Northport will be able to use the excess fill dirt for future city projects.
They’re in the process of building a pickleball court and fitness trail expected to be completed by November. They are also in the planning phase for a new water park expected to be built and open by 2025.