Ivey asks mayors to keep 'critical' bridge project alive

Aug 28, 2019

Credit APR's Guy Busby

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is asking coastal officials to keep a "critical" Mobile Bay bridge project alive as they try to work out concerns about tolls.

Ivey sent a letter Wednesday to the Mobile and Daphne mayors urging them to keep the proposed toll bridge project in the region's long-range transportation plans. The bridge must be included to qualify for any federal funding.

Opponents say the proposed tolls of up to $6 would hurt working families.

Ivey wrote they will continue to look for a path forward and ways to reduce or eliminate tolls.

Ivey said the project is critical "not only to Mobile and Baldwin Counties, but the entire Gulf Coast Region."

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization is meeting on the project Wednesday.