New grant funding University Boulevard improvements

University Boulevard

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Aajene Robinson

The U.S Department of Transportation is helping the city of Tuscaloosa complete street enhancements along University Boulevard thanks to a RAISE Grant.

The project encompasses the stretch of University Boulevard between Lurleen B. Wallace Boulevard and Crescent Ridge Road.

Because the grant requires matched funding from Tuscaloosa, the city is using money from Elevate Tuscaloosa for their portion of the bill.

Once the city receives the funding, some parts of the project will be complete in seven to eight months while others could take up to three years.

Local businesses along the route will be notified when construction begins, and at least one lane will remain open throughout the work.

Infrastructure and Public Service Director of Administration Savannah Nelson said the project will add security and landscaping enhancements, bicycle lanes and increase storm drainage capacity.

“We experience so many tourists, especially during football season, so I think it’s going to add to the value of our business owners in the downtown area, but also it’s going to provide connectivity with those bicycle lanes and sidewalks,” Nelson said. “It’s going to benefit the Alberta community. The storm drainage capacity will help with localized flooding in some areas and help us be able to maintain those areas better.” 

There’s not yet an official start date for the project.

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