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The city of Tuscaloosa will see 51 miles of road smoothed out over the next 12 months, thanks to a $9.3 million paving contract.

Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said the city has been hesitant to pave many roads since the tornado.

Many communities that see similar damage make the mistake of paving too soon, Maddox said, which leads to those new roads being destroyed as construction continues.

“The timing was right,” he said. “That’s going to make a huge difference on our local roads across Tuscaloosa.”

Also starting Monday, a chunk of University Boulevard near the University of Alabama campus will be closed all summer.

University Boulevard from Hackberry Lane to the Million Dollar Band’s practice field (Butler Field) will close on Monday and remain closed to traffic until Aug. 4.

UA is using the shutdown to replace the road’s concrete slabs with asphalt and will also add medians and landscaping.

UA Construction Administrator Tim Leopard said the road work will help improve drivers’ lives.

“Its very important for the university to calm traffic on University Boulevard to protect our students, facility and staff,” he said. “The road is very busy. The project will definitely improve the aesthetic of campus, but it will also be used to calm traffic entering campus.”

The intersection of Hackberry Lane and University Boulevard will remain open, along with the sidewalk on the north side of University Boulevard. Sidewalks along the south side of the road will be closed during the construction.

For more information about road closures and detours around the UA campus and throughout the city, visit and

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