Paul Bryant Bridge

The Paul Bryant Bridge is a four-lane, 150-foot-tall (46 m), $28 million bridge spanning the Black Warrior River along Alabama State Route 297 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.[1] Construction of the 3,785-foot-long (1,154 m), twin-span bridge commenced in March 2000. Originally slated to open in December 2003, construction delays resulted in its opening on April 23, 2004.[1]

Paul Bryant Bridge
Alabama 297 South at Paul Bryant Bridge.jpg
Coordinates 33°14′29″N 87°30′19″W / 33.2415°N 87.5054°W / 33.2415; -87.5054Coordinates: 33°14′29″N 87°30′19″W / 33.2415°N 87.5054°W / 33.2415; -87.5054
Carries4 lanes of SR 297, pedestrians and bicycles
CrossesBlack Warrior River
LocaleTuscaloosa, Alabama
Maintained byAlabama Department of Transportation
Total length3,785 feet (1,154 m)
Height150 feet (46 m)
OpenedApril 23, 2004

Serving as the fourth crossing of the Black Warrior River, this was the first phase of the larger Warrior Loop project slated for completion by 2012.[1] Constructed by the R.R. Dawson Bridge Company, during the course of its construction, two workers died while on the job in October 2001 and again in April 2003.

In January 2003, then Governor Don Siegleman ordered state transportation director Paul Bowlin to name the bridge in honor of long-time University of Alabama head football coach Paul "Bear" Bryant.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c Parrott, Scott (April 24, 2004). "Paul Bryant Bridge open to traffic today". The Tuscaloosa News.
  2. ^ Parrott, Scott (January 24, 2003). "Bridge is named in honor of the 'Bear'". The Tuscaloosa News.

Coordinates: 33°14′29″N 87°30′19″W / 33.2415°N 87.5054°W / 33.2415; -87.5054