Project Overview

The Alabama Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the City of Tuscaloosa, is resurfacing Lurleen Wallace Boulevard from near the Hugh Thomas Bridge to near I-359 to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety. The project is expected to be completed in early 2020.

The project will add left and right turning lanes, for a total of five lanes, and move parallel parking spots to side streets to increase the effective capacity of the roadway. Sidewalk extensions to the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, along with additional landscaping, will enhance pedestrian safety.

With more than 72,000 motorists using this corridor daily – an increase of approximately 12,000 since 2013 – it’s vital that Lurleen Wallace Boulevard receives an upgrade.

The contractor must maintain a minimum of two lanes in each direction during daylight hours, but may reduce traffic to one lane from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. At least one lane will be open at all times in each direction throughout the duration of the project. Two consecutive side streets will not be closed in either direction at the same time.

To better accommodate traffic, two lanes will be open at all times Thursday evening through Sunday evening when the University of Alabama has a home football game.

Motorists can expect possible delays and should use caution in the work zone. Motorists are encouraged to use US-82 (McFarland Boulevard), Greensboro Avenue or other alternate routes during construction.

A message from ALDOT Region Engineer James Brown

Dear Citizens,

The Alabama Department of Transportation is currently working on multiple highway and bridge projects in your community. This work is causing delays and inconveniences for you. If you’re a business owner, your business may be adversely affected.

This letter is written to tell you that I have worked in many communities, and the patience and understanding shown by people in the Tuscaloosa/Northport area is tremendous.

Improvements to your highway system come at a cost, but your ability to see the futures and what this work will mean to your community is beyond anything I have encountered. We here at ALDOT appreciate it and ask that you please contact us if you see improvements we can make that might make your travels easier or more pleasant. We’re doing our best to improve the road for you. We will continue giving updates and progress reports as we move forward.

Thank you,
James Brown