MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WKRG) — Alabama Governor Kay Ivey wrote a letter to both Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood urging the two mayors to help establish a procurement process with ALDOT for the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The governor wrote she hopes the two mayors and the respective Metropolitan Planning Organizations can work with ALDOT to find an agreed-upon solution to the bridge challenge.
From Governor Kay Ivey: “The Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project is critical – not only to Mobile and Baldwin Counties, but the entire Gulf Coast Region – and would be important for the continued growth of all of Alabama. The Eastern Shore MPO’s decision today will be to continue exploring all options to move this project forward. My Administration’s goal is to find an agreed-upon plan that both the Mobile and Eastern Shore MPOs can approve. Their support is essential to create a pathway to continue the procurement process.”
Mayor Haygood wrote the following response on his Facebook page:
The following letter was delivered via email at 11:00 AM this morning regarding the prospect of a compromise solution to keep the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project on the Eastern Shore MPO TIP.
The assurance letter:
1. Fails to deliver a guaranteed No Toll solution.
2. Fails to provide a defined, accountable process moving forward.
The project is much needed but the citizenry has spoken with a large singular voice against tolling in this project.
I would hope that after the extension discussions there would be more definitive commitments on how the project could move forward.
Read the full letter from the governor here: