MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Governor Kay Ivey instructed the Alabama Department of Transportation to explore options on the I-10 Bayway bridge that will not include tolls on existing routes.
Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Fairhope City Council (FCC) President Jack Burrell received a letter from the Governor in response to a request made by the Mayor and FCC President in a letter back in January.
“We were happy to hear back from the governor so quickly,” said Burrell. “For one thing it shows that the ball is rolling and it shows a desire by the governor and ALDOT to work with us. “
Governor Ivey responded in her letter saying, “A locally-supported solution must be found, and quickly, before the $125 million federal grant for this project secured by Senator Shelby and our congressional delegation is re-directed elsewhere due to lack of progress.”
Governor Ivey also asked ALDOT for recommendations on how much state transportation funding could be directed to an option that receives local support.
ALDOT issued the following statement regarding this development.
“ALDOT’s directive is very clear, and we are committed to a process that provides a pathway forward. We will be reviewing options for reducing congestion without tolling existing routes. We will also recommend how much State transportation funding can be committed in addition to the $125 million federal grant that remains available at this time. We look forward to working with local leaders on options for project that can gain support from the two metropolitan planning organizations.”Alabama Department of Transportation