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ALDOT Moving Forward with Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project

ALDOT Moving Forward with Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project

Summer travel season is winding down, but the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) is picking up speed on the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. Members of the CAP Team recently met with ALDOT to receive an update and are glad to share that the project is moving forward.

Drivers using Interstate 10 regularly know there’s no avoiding the steady increase in traffic. If you think it’s getting worse, you’re right. Studies show that traffic volumes experienced during holiday weekends and hurricane evacuations will eventually become the daily norm – meaning we’ll see congestion on I-10 year-round, regardless of weather conditions.

With this in mind, ALDOT is working to deliver the proposed Mobile River Bridge and Bayway by 2025. The project includes a six-lane bridge over the Mobile River, a complete replacement of the Bayway – with a new 8-lane structure – and modifications to seven interchanges. The project runs along I-10, beginning at Broad Street in Mobile to just east of the Eastern Shore interchange in Baldwin County.

With an estimated $2 billion price tag, state and federal agencies aren’t able to the cover the cost alone. ALDOT is pursuing an array of funding sources to pay for the project, including a Public-Private Partnership. Revenue from all-electronic toll collection will help fund the project and maintain it once it’s in use.

While we can’t avoid summer traffic, ALDOT can prepare for the growth South Alabama. By bringing the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project to reality, ALDOT will assure that drivers can safely travel between Mobile and Baldwin Counties. Highway users will experience less delays and worry less about backups.

Learn more about the project online at the newly updated www.mobileriverbridge.com.

Corps of Engineers Releases Draft Study on Mobile Shipping Channel Expansion

Corps of Engineers Releases Draft Study on Mobile Shipping Channel Expansion

In Late July, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released its four-year $7.8 million feasibility study on expanding the Mobile Shipping Channel, formally known as the General Reevaluation Report & Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (GRR/SEIS). The study examined the costs, benefits and environmental and economic consequences of enlarging the channel. It also evaluated a range… Continue Reading

CAP Welcome over 350 Economic Developers to Town

CAP Welcome over 350 Economic Developers to Town

Coastal Alabama Partnership has been working with the Southern Economic Development Council to host the 2018 Conference in downtown Mobile July 29-31 with over 350 economic development professionals from across the American South attending. The theme of the conference, Navigate. Innovate. Cultivate reflects the multifaceted challenges economic development professionals face in attracting business and industry to… Continue Reading

Action Alert: Congress, Do Not Let Flood Insurance Expire

Action Alert: Congress, Do Not Let Flood Insurance Expire

Millions of Americans depend on the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), including 54,800 in Alabama, over 65% of them residing in Coastal Alabama paying $22M a year for over $8B in coverage. Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) supports a long-term reauthorization and legislation keeping flood insurance rates affordable. Unfortunately, once again this program is facing a critical… Continue Reading

Alabama Tourism Continues to Grow

Alabama Tourism Continues to Grow

The Alabama Tourism Department recently released the Economic Impact Report for 2017, showing a 7.1 percent increase in tourism spending. The Department research shows that 26.6 million people visited Alabama in 2017, spending $14.3 billion in Alabama, creating over 186,000 jobs and contributing $52,997,000 to Alabama’s General Fund. The total impact of the travel and tourism industry… Continue Reading

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