Tuscaloosa Getting $15M for Riverwalk Improvements
By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Jennaya Lazenby
TUSCALOOSA, AL-The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding $15 million to the city of Tuscaloosa for improvements to the Riverwalk area in West Tuscaloosa.
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby announced the award, along with $450,000 going to the Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission, Sept. 10.
Both are Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development grants, which fund efforts for infrastructure and improvement.
“I am proud to announce that Alabama has been awarded two BUILD grants, one to improve infrastructure investments in Tuscaloosa and a planning grant to assist the Wiregrass region,” Shelby said.
The BUILD grant for Tuscaloosa will better improve access to the Riverwalk in West Tuscaloosa by the Black Warrior River barge mooring, along with constructing a bicycle and pedestrian lane and completing a pedestrian bridge.
The pedestrian bridge will cross Jack Warner Parkway, and the bicycle and pedestrian path will run from the new pedestrian bridge to the existing riverfront park to the east, with lighting and security elements.