TCRIC Quarterly Report: December 2018

The Tuscaloosa County Road Improvement Commission has distributed more than $12 million of the over $18 million dollars it has received to date to road Improvement projects in Tuscaloosa County as of October 1, 2018.  The Commission has obligated an additional $9.5 million of additional funding s to road improvement projects expected in the coming year. These projects include the following:

Projects at or near completion:

  • Adding a third lane with intersection improvements on SR69 South from Skyland Boulevard to Plantation Road;
  • Improvements on SR69 North at Martin Road;
  • Improvements to the intersection of US82 (McFarland Blvd) at Hwy 215 and Bear Creek Road;

Projects and funding obligations in progress:

  • Improvements to US82 (McFarland Blvd) at and near the Hargrove Road intersection;
  • Reimbursement to the City of Northport for the Mitt Lary Road Improvement project;
  • Improvements on SR69 North at Union Chapel Road;
  • Improvements to Bear Creek Road/Bear Creek Cutoff Road.

The Commission entered into a cooperative agreement in 2016 with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to support work on priority projects, as outlined in the Commission’s enabling legislation, Act 2015-202 (HB 600: Transforming Tuscaloosa Infrastructure). Additional funds for the following projects have been paid to ALDOT as part of that agreement:

SR-69 at Skyland Boulevard intersection:
After a value engineering process was completed in the fall of 2018, ALDOT’s regional office is in the final stages of project submittal on SR-69 South from Plantation Road to I-59. The Commission has provided initial funding for this project to ALDOT for preliminary design work in the amount of $900,000. The project is projected to let in FY 2019.

US-82 (McFarland Boulevard)
Other improvements to US-82 are continuing in preliminary design work, consistent with ALDOT’s planned project to reduce congestion and improve traffic flow along US-82. The Commission has provided initial funding to ALDOT in the amount of $600,000 for portions of the preliminary design and engineering costs. Additional information and display maps can be viewed here:

Additional agreements with the City of Tuscaloosa have also been executed for McWright’s Ferry Road and Jack Warner Parkway/Martin Luther King Boulevard improvements but no final design or final costs have been determined. The City of Tuscaloosa will be managing and providing the up-front funding for these projects, with TCRIC to reimburse the City for these project costs.

One additional project on SR-69 North at Charlie Shirley Road is in the final design process, with a projected letting anticipated in FY 2019.