Paul Bryant Bridge

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The Paul Bryant Bridge is the four-lane, 150-foot tall, $28 million bridge spanning the Black Warrior River along Alabama State Route 297 in Tuscaloosa. Construction of the 3,785-foot long, twin-span bridge commenced in March 2000. Originally slated to open in December 2003, construction delays resulted in its opening on April 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. 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, former Alabama governor ordered state transportation director Paul Bowlin to name the bridge in honor of long-time University of Alabama head football coach Paul Bryant.

See also


  • Parrott, Scott (January 24, 2003) "Bridge is named in honor of the 'Bear'." Tuscaloosa News.
  • Parrott, Scott (April 24, 2004) "Paul Bryant Bridge open to traffic today." Tuscaloosa News.