UA Awarded $6 million DOT Grant for Rail Line Overpass

  • June 6th, 2018
This artist’s rendering shows a view of the 2nd Avenue Overpass from the Coleman Coliseum parking lot looking south.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) announced today that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded The University of Alabama with a $6,025,657 Infrastructure For Rebuilding America, or INFRA, grant.

This funding will assist with the construction of a $22,608,175 overpass that will correct a 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 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 the nation’s infrastructure. Additionally, INFRA aims to increase the total investment by state, local and private partners.


Chris Bryant, communications, 205-348-8323,

The University of Alabama, the state’s oldest and largest public institution of higher education, is a student-centered research university that draws the best and brightest to an academic community committed to providing a premier undergraduate and graduate education. UA is dedicated to achieving excellence in scholarship, collaboration and intellectual engagement; providing public outreach and service to the state of Alabama and the nation; and nurturing a campus environment that fosters collegiality, respect and inclusivity.