Image of U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell courtesy of CBS 42

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Monday, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell announced that the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) has awarded the City of Birmingham $14,556,040 to reconnect the Historic 4th Avenue Black Business District. 

The district, once a hub for Black business and community, was divided by the construction of I-65 in the 1960s. 

Funding from the grant will be used to convert Birmingham’s Black Main Street from a one-way to a two-way road, redesigning 15 blocks of streets in order to improve access to businesses and reconnect neighborhoods.

“Birmingham’s 4th Avenue Business District has a rich history of African American ingenuity and entrepreneurship,”Sewell (AL-07) said in a statement. “With the help of the Biden-Harris Administration, we are working to ensure that the residents, workers, and businesses of this historic place have the infrastructure they need to thrive. This major federal investment will help reconnect our communities and pave the way for strong and equitable growth.”

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