Mobile County

Mobile to receive $39 million for community improvement projects

MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) - The City of Mobile is getting $39 million for projects that range from reviving waterways and roadways to connecting communities with better bike and walking paths.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council approved the money on Wednesday. The public will be able to weigh-in on each project once the draft plan is released.

"I applaud my colleagues on the Alabama Council for championing these transformational projects," Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said in a release. 

Here's the rest of the mayor's statement:

"Mobile is a City closely connected to the water, and as one of the largest ports in the country, we were devastated by the BP oil disasters. Citizens lost their jobs, entire industries suffered and many felt hopeless for the future. These projects will ultimately connect citizens to our waterways, stimulate economic activity and revive historically significant areas in our community."

The following is a list of the projects, from a release from the City of Mobile:

Historic Africatown Welcome Center

·         $3.58 million project.

·         Collaboration with the Africatown  Community Development Corporation and the Mobile County Commission.

·         Establishes new welcome center and tourism program in Africatown.

·         Provides the public with information about the Africatown community and the surrounding Gulf Coast Region.

·         Includes a stand-alone location for the preservation and viewing of historic documents and relics significant to the Africatown community.


Innovating St. Louis Street: Mobile's Technology Corridor

·         $5,885,500 project.

·         Redesigns and reconstructs infrastructure on St. Louis street from Water to Broad Streets.

·         Includes planning, design, reconstruction, utilities, roadway and storm drainage improvements.

·         Transforms streetscape with lighting, landscaping and benches.

·         Improves pedestrian and cycling access.

·         Fosters business development and economic revitalization opportunities.


Mobile Greenway Initiative

·         $9.7 million project.

·         Establishes recreation path for runners, walkers and cyclists along Three Mile Creek.

·         Twelve-mile greenway will stretch from the University of South Alabama to Mobile Bay.

·         Restores Three Mile Creek to its historic significance.

·         Encourages fitness, beautifies a vital waterway and educates citizens.

·         Reconnects neighborhoods, hospitals and businesses.

·         Includes artwork that highlights historic significance of the waterway.


Three Mile Creek Watershed Restoration

·         $11.73 million project.

·         Reduces sedimentation to downstream features including Langan Park Lake and Three Mile Creek.

·         Restores Langan Park Lake including dredging to alleviate flooding.

·         Includes stabilization along Twelve Mile Creek.

·         Improves water quality in Twelve Mile and Three Mile Creeks.


One Mobile: Reconnecting People, Work, and Play through Complete Streets

·         $1.25 Million project.

·         Collaboration with ALDOT and FHWA.

·         Designs and reconstructs the road bed and utilities along the Beauregard/Broad/MLK Ave Corridor.

·         Includes cycling and pedestrian amenities.

·         Supplements the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant award the City received in 2016.

·         Provides connectivity between residents, the transportation system and major economic employment centers.


Mobile Area Storm Water Mapping & Resiliency Planning

·         $3 Million Project.

·         Collaboration with the City of Mobile and Mobile County.

·         Develops the information and tools necessary to successfully plan and manage communities in the Mobile region.

·         Creates resiliency in the face of flooding, extreme weather events, climate hazards and changing ocean conditions.

·         Completes a GPS Digital inventory and map of stormwater infrastructure.

·         Identifies properties within Mobile that are subject to repetitive flood loss.


Perch Creek Area Sanitary Sewer Trunk Line

·         $3,548,590 Million Project.

·         Collaboration with MAWSS.

·         Extends the useful life of existing infrastructure.

·         Reduces sanitary sewer overflows in the Perch Creek Area.

·         Improves water quality in the Perch Creek area.

·         Complements NFWF City of Mobile project.


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