Rock Quarry Access Road00000001

More upgrades are coming to Rice Mine Road in Tuscaloosa, at a cost of nearly $1 million.

District 3 City Councilwoman Cynthia Almond said the upgrades are desperately needed.

As part of the Transforming Tuscaloosa initiative, the city is investing $200 million over a 25-year period. The changes will benefit several areas throughout the city, including a $4 million worth of projects on Rice Mine Road.

At Tuesday’s public projects committee meeting, the Tuscaloosa City Council voted to spend $800,000 on improvements for Rock Quarry Elementary School’s access road.

The update will give traffic coming from the dam better access to the school without having to pass through the intersection of Rice Mine and New Watermelon roads.

“Growth is a great thing,” Almond said. “But one of the problems it brings is traffic problems.”

The project should be finished before school starts in the fall, Almond said.

In other City Council news:

Tuscaloosa will begin funding its agencies on a calendar-year schedule, instead of its current funding policy that’s set to fiscal years.

The council finance committee is still deciding how much to fund each agency. No new funding applications will be accepted until 2017.

There is no City Council meeting next Tuesday.

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