U.S. Representative Bradley Byrne called a meeting today regarding the proposed Interstate-10 bridge over the Mobile River. He called the Mobile portion of I-10 “the biggest choke point between Los Angeles and Jacksonville,” making it a “national priority.”
Live coverage of the meeting was denied to members of the media to ensure a candid discussion could occur. During the meeting, Byrne asked the Federal Highway Administration to produce a draft of the project’s environmental impact study by July 1st, or else provide a reason for its continued delay.
The bridge has been in the proposal stages for 20 years. In that time, four different routes have been proposed, but a final decision cannot be made until the draft environmental plan has been released. After that point, a series of public meetings must be conducted on both sides of the bay regarding the project, which is estimated to cost around $1 billion.
The goal of the bridge is to ease congestion in Mobile’s overburdened twin-tunnel system, and across the bay. In addition to safety concerns, Byrne states that the traffic congestion is having a negative impact on the local economy.
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