Updated Oct 23 2020
The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the City of Tuscaloosa a $15 million BUILD grant. This grant will be used to make additional improvements to the Western Riverwalk and the surrounding areas. Read the announcement here.
The Western Riverwalk project will extend the shared-use path from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to the west by approximately 5,500 feet, ending at the Oliver Lock and Dam. This extension will provide additional access to the riverfront, recreational amenities, better connectivity, and opportunities for private investment on adjacent properties. This project has been awarded two grants totaling over $15 million: one through the U.S. Department of Transportation's BUILD program and another through the Alabama Department of Economic Affairs’ Recreational Trails Program.
Tuscaloosa’s Riverwalk on the south bank of the iconic Black Warrior River is one of the most popular destinations in the city. The existing 2.5-mile path extends from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater on the west side to the area adjacent to North Campus Way on the east side. Several parks and amenities also exist along the path. The previous phases of the Riverwalk were constructed according to the original 2003 Riverwalk Master Plan, which was updated in 2018. The updates suggested several new phases for the path. Elevate Tuscaloosa is focusing on two areas– the Western Riverwalk south of the river and the Northern Riverwalk north of the river.
Goals and Impact
Enhance and improve access to the riverfront in West Tuscaloosa
Promote recreational activities
Stimulate private investment
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