The City of Tuscaloosa is doing quite well, according to an analysis by the New York personal finance company SmartAsset, which just released its list of the Top 10 Places Where Poverty is falling the fastest.

Tuscaloosa comes in at number nine on the list – with poverty rates that have “plummeted” since 2005, even as poverty rates nationwide (and particularly in major metropolitan areas) has increased.

Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded $2.1 million in grants to improve living conditions in six west Alabama communities, including Moundville, which received a block grant of $250,000.

The Moundville grant will enable improvements to the drainage system in the CC Loop Area to alleviate flooding, prevent erosion and reduce a health hazard in the area which also affects Moundville Archaeological Park.

It’s the news so many Tuscaloosa residents were waiting for: The Alberta Bridge on University Boulevard East will reopen this week. According to city officials, who Tweeted out the news on Tuesday, the bridge will officially reopen at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5.

While many people use the University Boulevard Bridge daily, thousands use it to get to and from the interstate on football game days. This is particularly good timing: Bama vs. LSU on Saturday, Nov. 7 will be a busy day in T-town as fans arrive for the big game.

According to information from the contractor on the project, the bridge will only be open to vehicular traffic – the sidewalks will remain closed to pedestrian traffic until changes to the bridge’s guardrail are approved and installed.

The Alberta Bridge has been closed since December 2014. Work on the bridge was necessary because of damage after the April 2011 Tuscaloosa tornado. In recent weeks, crews have been busily paving and striping the bridge, getting it ready for traffic once again.

Photo: Google Earth

The City of Tuscaloosa’s floodplain management committee will hold an informal public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers to discuss the floodplain management plan.

This goal of this meeting is to allow interested citizens, especially those subjected to flooding or living in the floodplain, to provide input on areas that are susceptible to widespread or localized flooding. Committee consultants will bring maps that will have flood prone areas identified and ask citizens to identify any issues or problem areas that have not been addressed. This input will be used in the development of the plan.

Donny Jones, Chief Operating Officer for the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama, has been named to the Alabama Workforce Council by Governor Robert Bentley. The council, formed in July 2014, is a blue-ribbon panel of business executives, educators and legislators who advise and support the state board of education, two-year colleges and four-year colleges and universities.

The City of Tuscaloosa has announced that 4th Avenue East will reopen at noon on Friday, Nov. 6. The road has been closed since Aug. 27, a trial temporary closure, at the request of homeowners in the area.

There will be a public meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 10 from 5 to 5:45 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers to discuss future options for the road. Since none of the options to be discussed will include the closure of 4th Avenue East, the City has authorized its re-opening.

By Courtney Corbridge

After a tied vote last Tuesday, Tuscaloosa's city schools’ board of education reconvened Friday at a retreat to discuss solutions to the district’s curriculum, facilities, and demographics plan—among other things.

By Courtney Corbridge

Tuesday night the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Board of Education met to discuss and vote on Superintendent Paul McKendrick’s proposal for the Integrated Curriculum, Facilities and Demographic Strategic Plan. The recommendation, which will cost the district more than $161 million, needed five of the eight board members to approve it, but last night the vote was split fifty-fifty.

At its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 20, the Tuscaloosa City Council took the following actions:

Authorized request for street lighting system modifications

Approved a resolution request and agreement for water service to Downtown Rock Point water main extension, total: $46,009

Approved a resolution granting permit for Rock Point Estates, LLC to construct water line for Downtown Rock Point water main extension.

Local lawmakers were on hand to discuss numerous current and future road projects in and around the Tuscaloosa area with local business leaders on Monday, as part of the Chamber of Commerce’s 2nd Annual Transportation Summit, held at the Tuscaloosa River Market.

The biggest takeaway of all: Nearly $30 million in road projects planned through 2017 won’t result in increased taxes for residents.

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