What if it was easier to travel from the University of Alabama campus to downtown Tuscaloosa?
The city and university commissioned a joint study to learn how to better connect the two. They learned that some of the changes could be simple and others could be rather expensive.
"We hear from constituents it's not a comfortable walk. It's not that far of a distance to get from the campus to downtown," City Councilman Matt Calderone said.
Calderone believes everything from widening sidewalks, adding bike lanes on University Boulevard and putting power lines underground are on the table.
Consultant Jeff Speck, along with engineers from Almon and Associates, suggested ideas to improve the route for travelers.
Speck says University Boulevard is too long to invite pedestrians. And is wonderful for biking, but that's not being emphasized.
Nothing will be finalized Thursday, but it could set the stage for improving one of Tuscaloosa's most important thoroughfares.
"Downtown is exploding in a very positive way. We've certainly seen growth in the university as well. Couple those two things together and we want to do what we can as a city to support that positive growth," Calderone added.
Steve Wilson and his wife strolled down a University Boulevard sidewalk in downtown Tuscaloosa on Thursday.
They said they like the choice of eateries but can do without the headaches they feel comes with driving here.
"Well if they can think of ways to make it better, cause there's getting to be so much traffic now," Wilson said.
He's glad city leaders and those from the University of Alabama are working to make the trip back and forth from campus to downtown easier.
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