Improvements coming to Montgomery's Riverwalk

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Montgomery's mayor made a big announcement Thursday morning about some improvements coming to the Riverwalk located downtown.

Mayor Todd Strange said the project, which is environmentally friendly, will use a recycling program to replace the gravel in the Riverfront area.

The city is looking to improve the main level and walkway of the Riverfront. It has never been paved.

By mid summer tiles made of scrap tires will start going down. It's a product called "rubber sidewalk versatile" and it's part of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management's scrap tire marketing program.

"About 5 million tires a year are generated in the state of Alabama," explained ADEM Director Lance LeFluer. "Another 4 million come into the state for various uses."

LeFluer says the tiles that will be installed in the gravel area will be 2x2 tiles and will be about an inch thick.

The price tag for the project is $240,000 and it will come from an ADEM grant.

The city is also working to expand the Riverwalk. By this time in 2012 officials expect to have a walkway and bike path complete from the amphitheater that will stretch all the way to Maxwell Air Force Base. 

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