Birmingham breaks ground on new bicycle and pedestrian paths, expansion of Civil Rights Heritage Trail (photos, video) | al.com

Birmingham breaks ground on new bicycle and pedestrian paths, expansion of Civil Rights Heritage Trail (photos, video) | al.com: BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez, Birmingham Mayor William Bell and other city and community leaders broke ground Thursday on the first part of a 29-mile corridor of bicycle and pedestrian pathways through the city.

Part of the city's "Roads to Recovery" initiative, the pathways are part of the larger Red Rock Ridge and Valley Trail greenway plan developed by the city and the Freshwater Land Trust.

The improvements are covered in large part by a $10 million grant from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, program through the U.S. Department of Transportation.

A coalition of community partners provided a $5 million local match for the project. Read More:

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