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City of Tuscaloosa Breaks Ground on Western Riverwalk Project

City of Tuscaloosa Breaks Ground on Western Riverwalk Project

The City of Tuscaloosa has broken ground on the Elevate Tuscaloosa Western Riverwalk project.

The Western Riverwalk project will create a shared-use riverwalk from the Oliver Lock and Dam over 4,000 feet to the east, and expand riverfront access west of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater. Click here to view the conceptual rendering of the completed project.

“The Western Riverwalk project demonstrates a commitment to our core value to invest in economic and recreational opportunities in West Tuscaloosa,” Mayor Walt Maddox said. “This project represents the City’s largest single riverwalk investment since the commitment to the creation of a riverwalk beginning in 2005.”

When phase three of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard/Jack Warner Parkway project is complete, the Western Riverwalk will connect to the current Riverwalk near the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, with Oliver Lock and Dam Park and River District Park both serving as trailheads.

“Today is a great day in the City of Tuscaloosa,” District One Councilor Matthew Wilson said. “This opportunity to connect West Tuscaloosa to all of the amenities in downtown Tuscaloosa and the future Saban Center will change this community forever.”

The Western Riverwalk project is funded by Elevate Tuscaloosa in conjunction with a $15 million BUILD grant awarded to the City by the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT). 

“I remember this project being introduced my first term in office,” District Two Councilor Raevan Howard said. “I was excited about it then, and I’m even more excited today to see it begin to come to fruition.”

The Western Riverwalk is expected to be complete and open to the public in 2024. Learn more at