The City of Tuscaloosa held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the River District Pedestrian Bridge on Tuesday, December 5 at 10:15 a.m.
Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox, Council President Kip Tyner and Councilor Matthew Wilson spoke during the ceremony. “18 years ago, when I was sworn in, I promised to build a bridge to the future,” said Mayor Walt Maddox. “18 years later, that future includes nearly universal pre-K, dual-enrollment scholarships for every single 10th, 11th and 12th grader at our City schools and a higher quality of life. Today that bridge to the future includes this pedestrian bridge. It is going to provide a link between our downtown and our riverfront.” The pedestrian bridge was designed to connect the downtown area to Parker-Haun Park and slow traffic on Jack Warner Parkway. The bridge will also allow visitors to safely cross from Parker-Haun Park to the future Saban Center.
“This is going to be the busiest section of the entire City of Tuscaloosa,” said Councilor President Kip Tyner. “With The Saban Center, the amphitheater, the park, this [bridge] is so needed. I just think it’s a very proud moment for the City of Tuscaloosa and I’m just very proud that I was able to support it and work with the City Council that unanimously supported this as well.” Learn more about the pedestrian bridge here.