U.S. DOT awards University of Alabama $6M infrastructure grant

This artist’s rendering shows a view of the 2nd Avenue Overpass from the Coleman Coliseum parking lot looking south. [Photo courtesy of UA]

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) awarded the University of Alabama with $6.025 million grant for the construction of a vehicle and pedestrian overpass over the railroad crossing of Second Avenue, correcting a transportation in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

From the $6,025,657 Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant, $22,608,175 will assist in the overpass construction.

“I am proud to announce that the University of Alabama will receive a $6 million INFRA grant for a vital transportation project in the Tuscaloosa area,” said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby. “With ongoing growth and development throughout the state, Alabama’s transportation needs are rapidly changing, and it is imperative that we find the appropriate solutions. I look forward to working closely with my Senate colleagues and this Administration as we continue to address our nation’s critical infrastructure needs.”  

The $6,025,657 INFRA grant will provide funding for the construction of a bridge over an existing rail line, which will decrease traffic delays and improve safety for residents in Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas. Additionally, it will provide an alternative route for approximately 80,000 vehicles per day, reducing conflicts with the train and other vehicle-pedestrian traffic for those traveling on and off campus.   

The INFRA grants program was established by DOT in June 2017 to advance the Administration’s principles and help rebuild our nation’s infrastructure. Additionally, INFRA aims to increase the total investment by state, local, and private partners.