Warrior Riverwalk

TUSCALOOSA, AL

Keeping people connected and on the go in T-Town

Neel-Schaffer has provided civil engineering, planning, and surveying services to the City of Tuscaloosa for the Warrior Riverwalk, a shared-use bicycle and pedestrian path that when fully built will wind about 13 miles along the Black Warrior River on the edge of downtown Tuscaloosa.

The Riverwalk is near the University of Alabama campus, and it connects to the Tuscaloosa River Market, the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, the University of Alabama crew facility, the Hotel Indigo, various retail facilities, and a mixed-use residential development that includes condominiums.

The project has been designed and constructed in phases, beginning in 2003, with the latest phase, Riverwalk East, completed in early 2017. The total cost to date has been about $5 million. Neel-Schaffer is now involved in a masterplan update that will include more phases.

One phase at a time:

  • Phase I, which extended over 3,200 linear feet, included an event gazebo and scenic overlook.
  • Phase II extended 1,000 feet and consisted of design of two bridges and a boardwalk.
  • Phase III consisted of 2,800 linear feet of shared use path, a pedestrian bridge, lighting along the path, irrigation, and landscaping.  In addition, Neel-Schaffer designed associated parking lots, a storm sewer system and detention pond and coordinated utilities with the adjacent River Market project.
  • Phase IV consisted of approximately 3,500 linear feet of shared use path, 400 linear feet of bridges, lighting along the path, renovation of two existing gazebos, various amenities such as benches, picnic tables, bike racks and trash receptacles, historic markers and landscaping.
  • Riverwalk East consisted of 1,500 feet of shared use path, modifications to the existing storm water drainage, retaining walls, ornamental fencing, and an overlook with park benches, picnic tables and grills.

This project has been designed to meet the ADA requirements for recreational trails established by the Federal Highway Administration.

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