FUNDING SECURED FOR TWO MAJOR ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS
Reported and written by WVUA 23 Reporter Cienna Corgliano
More road work is coming to Tuscaloosa after the Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission has approved funding for two large projects.
The Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission approved two big construction projects on March 25. Funding for big projects on Highway 69, Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Jack Warner Parkway is now in place.
The Tuscaloosa County Road improvement commission now has an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation to begin improvements on Highway 69 South, including an overpass of Skyland Boulevard. This project will begin in the next 18 to 36 months and is projected to cost around $70 million.
“For the Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission that the city, the county, and Northport have been a part of, this is a huge challenge that now we have met,” Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said. “And hopefully in the years to come, we are going to see vast improvements to one of the busiest intersections in Alabama.”
The commission also added $10 million to the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Jack Warner Parkway project.
“Today is a celebration of what this community can do,” Maddox said. “We came together three years ago at House Bill 600 and now we are beginning to see after a lot of hard work and due diligence and a ton of collaboration. The movement of three significant projects that will have a generational impact on Tuscaloosa County.”
In total, the Highway 69 South project will come out to nearly $70 million and the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Jack Warner Parkway project will cost up to nearly $32 million in construction.
ALDOT West Central Region Engineer James Brown said that he is happy with the commission’s agreement on Highway 69 South and the construction will be well worth the wait.
“It’s one of the major bottlenecks in our Tuscaloosa urban area,” Brown said. “And what we have planned to greatly improve that and I know that construction in the meantime will be a little bit of a hindrance to people, but in the long run it’s going to be a really good project.”
Maddox said the first phase of Highway 69 South will be utility relocations in about 18 months and the Jack Warner Parkway and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard project will most likely begin this time next year.