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ALDOT: Bridge project schedule unaffected despite grant denial

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MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

A major development concerning money for the new Mobile River Bridge.

The project did not receive a federal grant that was hoped to provide as much $250 million dollars for the $2 billion project.

But the Alabama Department of Transportation, or ALDOT, can re-apply for the grant next year for the 2019 fiscal year and officials say the project will continue on schedule.

Officials with the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project told FOX10 news Wednesday morning they were notified the project did not receive funding for a federal grant called INFRA, which stands for "Infrastructure For Rebuilding America."  

Local leaders said they received official word from Congressman Bradley Byrne's office Tuesday morning. 

Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson said, "It was very surprising. I think we all thought that, at this point in time, that there had been enough meetings, there had been enough discussions with USDOT (United States Department of Transportation) that we had everything lined up."

George Talbot with the City of Mobile said, "It's a disappointment for sure. We worked hard on the grant and we were very hopeful that we would get that funding through the Alabama Department of Transportation."    

Senator Doug Jones talked about the decision during an interview from Washington.

He said, "That was disappointing. I talked to the mayor about that ahead of time, knowing that was at least a possibility."   

And Congressman Bradley Byrne issued a statement:

State transportation officials plan to meet with federal transportation officials in Washington next week to find out why the grant wasn't awarded.

But, they say this won't delay the bridge schedule.

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“I look forward to building this bridge and am 100% committed to working with our local, state, and federal leaders to make the I-10 Bridge a reality. This project is moving along as planned, and I am eager to sit down with the federal Department of Transportation in the coming days to discuss federal funding options as we continue to make progress.” 

State transportation officials plan to meet with federal transportation officials in Washington next week to find out why the grant wasn't awarded.

But, they say this won't delay the bridge schedule.

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