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Western Riverwalk breaks ground

The ground officially has been broken on the single largest phase of the Tuscaloosa Riverwalk.

Set to expand more than 2/3 of a mile into Western Tuscaloosa, this $8.8 million project will link a traditionally overlooked portion of the city to new educational and recreational investments along the Black Warrior River and downtown Tuscaloosa.

“This is a shared victory,” said Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox in a groundbreaking ceremony for the project on Monday, May 8, 2023. “Not one person, not one entity; it took a lot of people to make this happen.”

TTL is proud to be among that group. In 2019, the City of Tuscaloosa chose TTL to conduct the engineering and design-related services for the Western Riverwalk expansion. Since then, we have performed the planning, survey, environmental, and civil design services needed to allow construction to begin.

Now, TTL is handling the construction administration and construction materials testing for the duration of the project that will extend the current 2.5-mile multi-use recreational trail another 4,100 feet westward from the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater to the Oliver Lock & Dam.

It’s also the latest investment into Western Tuscaloosa, where almost $250 million has been committed since 2005 to improving this region’s road, water, storm, communication, education, and recreational infrastructure.

“From the beginning, we knew the Western Riverwalk expansion was more than just a walking trail,” said TTL Project Manager Chris Crawford. “It is a lifeline to one day connect all areas of Tuscaloosa and bridge communities far and wide.”


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