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Major upgrades planned for Lurleen Wallace Blvd.

The city of Tuscaloosa and the Alabama Department of Transportation will team up on a $23.2 million project to renovate and improve Lurleen Wallace Boulevard.

The project, approved by the Tuscaloosa City Council on Tuesday, is expected to improve road conditions, eliminate parallel parking by adding turn lanes and improve pedestrian safety, city officials said.

Other parts of the project include the addition of decorative lighting and traffic signals at intersections along the corridor that serves around 140,000 vehicles per day.

“To me, it’s one of the most exciting projects we’ve had in the city of Tuscaloosa for quite some time,” Mayor Walt Maddox said Tuesday.

ALDOT is funding the lion’s share of the project — $17.5 million — with the city’s share coming in at an expected $5.7 million.

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