I-10 Mobile River Bridge

The politics behind possible new life for the proposed I-10 bridge project

Nov 24, 2020
APR's Guy Busby

A new proposed bridge across Mobile Bay may get a second look from local and state planning officials. The plan was declared dead over a year ago due to tolls needed to pay for the project. A proposal to charge up to $6 to cross Mobile Bay on I-10 killed the plan late last year. Now, officials are discussing the proposal again, but some say local residents will have to have an alternative way to cross the bay without a toll.

Jack Burrell is the chairman of the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization, or MPO.

Proposed bridge construction in Mobile back on table

Nov 23, 2020
APR's Guy Busby

The possibility of a toll bridge in Mobile is once again a reality.

A planning group has asked the state transportation agenecy for an update on the plans for an Interstate 10 bridge to span 10 miles over the Mobile River and Mobile Bay. 

The project was stopped last year when local opposition complained about the toll.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth on Monday voiced opposition to a proposed toll bridge in south Alabama, saying it will be a burden on the region's working families.

The Republican is one of nine members on the Toll Road, Bridge and Tunnel Authority. In a video posted to social media, Ainsworth said he will vote against the project.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — City officials in Mobile say they're confident the state of Alabama will reduce toll amounts for the proposed Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project.

The Alabama Department of Transportation is considering a $3 to $6 one-way toll to provide the money necessary to pay for the massive project.

The plan under consideration would grant a discount to frequent drivers, Al.com reported .

 State officials are looking at options for a planned bridge that would span the Mobile River and help eliminate traffic congestion along the Gulf Coast.

The state is currently accepting recommendations on how to best incorporate pedestrian and bicycle traffic into plans for the project, which would reroute Interstate 10 through Mobile.   

Lawmakers are back in Montgomery this week to try and find a solution for a 200 million dollar shortfall in the state’s General Fund budget.

But one group of state lawmakers wants to pull half a billion dollars out of the General Fund.

A collection of Gulf Coast legislators want to take half of the billion dollar BP oil spill settlement and keep it local, putting it toward road and infrastructure projects and coastal insurance reform.

State lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin Counties are drafting legislation to try and keep a large portion of the BP oil settlement money near Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

The proposed bill would request $500 million of the $1 billion currently destined for the state’s General Fund budget to instead be dedicated to the Gulf region. The projects that legislators would like to see funded in the area are primarily major road construction.