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Huntsville approves agreement to access funds for Pinhook Creek PARC project

Published on June 13, 2024

A transformative project to implement flood mitigation measures along Pinhook Creek in downtown Huntsville and construct a suspended pedestrian bridge across Memorial Parkway as part of a larger multimodal project is moving ahead with help from federal and state partners.

horizontal rendering of creek surrounded by green spaceThe City entered into an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration and the Alabama Department of Transportation to receive $47.3 million in two federal grants for the Pedestrian Access and Redevelopment Corridor (PARC) project. The grants were previously awarded to the City, but the ALDOT agreement provides the mechanism to access these funds.

Components of the PARC project include:

  • 1.2 miles of linear park space
  • 5,600 feet of Pinhook Creek channel excavation
  • 3,200 feet of low-flow channel along Pinhook Creek
  • 6,000 linear feet of greenway
  • Three precast pedestrian bridges over Pinhook Creek
  • One concrete railroad bridge replacing the wooden bridge adjacent to Heart of Huntsville Drive
  • 1,400 feet of pedestrian cable suspension bridge

With the execution of the funding agreement, the City will immediately begin working to finalize and update the construction plans to prepare the project permitting and bidding. The project will be constructed in four phases. The first phase of project will be the Pinhook Creek improvements with work projected to begin by the end of the year. Construction is expected to take 24 months to complete.

“There are many elements to this project, and we are happy to move closer to a start date,” said Shane Davis, Director of Urban & Economic Development. “In particular, the flood mitigation measures have been studied for decades and are a critical issue to be addressed. The City would also like to thank State Rep. Rex Reynolds and the State of Alabama in providing $5 million toward the project. Their awareness of flooding issues in the area and their willingness to help is greatly appreciated.”