On June 14th, 2016, The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) hosted a Public Involvement Meeting for the proposed project to help improve safety on the eastbound side of the George Wallace Tunnel. The project consists of “closure of I-10 Eastbound Water Street On-Ramp and improvements to Canal Street, Claiborne Street and Texas Street Interchange.” The project, intended to be a temporary solution to safety issues on I-10, will reroute eastbound traffic to avoid the merge on-ramp just before entering the tunnel. Though the alternative route may add commute time from Downtown Mobile to the Eastern Shore, the project intends to greatly reduce the number of traffic accidents in that area. If the project is approved, ALDOT has indicated that implementation and construction will begin in the fall of 2016 and be completed by spring 2017.
Looking long-term, ALDOT is continuing to work on the design phase of the I-10 Bridge project. This project includes a more permanent solution to relieve traffic congestion and improve safety along the I-10 corridor, including the eastbound interchanges prior to the tunnel. ALDOT plans to host two public involvement meetings regarding the I-10 Bridge project later this year. At these meetings, ALDOT plans to present the following information:
- Proposed interchanges and Bayway designs
- Bicycle and pedestrian options/decisions
- Possible designs and layouts for the main span bridge
- Toll and revenue study results
Make Your Voice Heard!
We encourage you to review the proposed I-10 eastbound water street on-ramp closure project and provide comment. Please visit http://rp.dot.state.al.us/WSC-TSI/ for more information. All comment forms are due no later than 5:00 PM on Tuesday, June 28th, 2016.
Send comment forms by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 251-473-3624, or by mail to:
Vince Calametti, P.E.,
Region Engineer, Southwest Region
Alabama Department of Transportation
1701 I-65 W. Service Road North
Mobile, Alabama 36618