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Both the Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization and the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) voted today to amend their Long Range Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs to include the updated framework for the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project.
Having the bridge project on both MPO long-range plans is critical to protecting federal and state funds that are available for only a short time.
The Mobile Chamber strongly supports efforts to help fund and deliver this key infrastructure because the region’s economy and our citizens’ quality of life depend on the efficient flow of goods and people through the area. Our region is making transformative improvements to our seaport and airport that will benefit everyone who lives and works in our area. I applaud Mayor Stimpson and the members of both MPOs for their leadership on this important issue,” said Mobile Chamber President & CEO Bradley Byrne. “If we’re going to grow this economy, we have to build the bridge.”
The vote was also supported by the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce.
“Building the bridge is essential to maintain and enhance our quality of life in our region and for our communities,” said Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce President, Casey Williams. “Business and industry are the heartbeat of our economy and the bridge is critical to moving Coastal Alabama forward.”
Following the MPOs approval of the plan, ALDOT will move forward with the request for quote/request for proposal (RFQ/RFP), bidding and obligating process for construction. Read the full presentation here.
Construction of the new Mobile River Bridge and Bayway would begin in late 2023 and be complete by 2028.
About the Mobile Chamber
The Mobile Chamber is a private business organization with more than 1,700 members and the economic developer for the City of Mobile and Mobile County. Thanks to the support of the Chamber’s Partners for Growth public and private investors, from 2011 to date, Mobile’s economic development efforts have created 6,557 new jobs and retained 502 more. Capital investments topped $4.43 billion, including 31 new businesses recruited and 56 expansion projects at existing area companies. Additional information is on the Chamber’s website, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube.