Jun 06 2018

Shelby: UA Awarded $6M DOT INFRA Grant

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.), today announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the University of Alabama with a $6,025,657 Infrastructure For Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant. This funding will assist with the construction of a $22,608,175 overpass that will correct an unexpected transportation barrier in Tuscaloosa.

“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 Senator 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.”

This $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.