Local leaders on both sides of the bay are in Washington D.C. this week to rally support for a new I-10 Bridge over The Mobile River. After meeting with a special assistant to President Donald Trump on Monday, Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Baldwin County Commissioner Chris Elliot said the 2 billion dollar project is gaining momentum.
“We are seeing a lot of heads nodding in the affirmative as we are describing and re-introducing them to this project so we feel very good about it,” said Elliot.
In addition to federally backed bond money, Alabama is trying to get 250-million dollars in grants.
“That money would be spent on what we call the West Tunnel interchange and those grants should be announced early summer…and really that would be on the first major dominoes. If that falls, then a whole lot of other things will follow in place behind it. So, it’s just really important that we be the recipients of one of those grants,” said Stimpson.
Plans are also in the works for an electronic tolling system. The toll hasn’t been determined, but the amounts being discussed range from one dollar to ten dollars with a discount for frequent users.
Mayor Stimpson would like to see construction begin in the second quarter of 2019, calling that an aggressive but doable schedule. Tuesday, he and Elliot will meet with the Secretary of Transportation.