University of Alabama bridge over railroad tracks nears completion in 2021

Updated: Dec. 10, 2020 at 5:02 PM CST
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - The train traffic that’s made it harder to go to and from parts of the University of Alabama campus will have less impact once this bridge is finished.

“There are a lot of public safety benefits. There are over 70,000 a day that travel over those tracks onto campus from the Southside. We feel like they are interrupted by trains. We see that all the time,” explained Tim Leopard, Sr. VP of Campus Development, at the University.

The University of Alabama is spending $21 million dollars to build this bridge. Construction started nearly a year ago. Three lanes are for vehicles and a fourth is for pedestrians and cyclists. The nearly mile-long bridge will stretch from 2nd avenue near 15th Street to the parking lot between Coleman Coliseum and the University of Alabama School of Law.

“There’s also the benefit of access to DCH. If something were to happen on one of the tracks where we had a partial closure, now we are going to have access to campus,” Leopard continued.

Completion of the bridge is on track for the summer of 2021.

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