I-10 Bridge proposal hearing summary report released

Proposed bridge

The report on the proposed Mobile River Bridge and Bayway widening project is now available to the public.It has to do with public comments. To see the report for yourself visit: MobileRiverBridge.comAfter months of public input - the Alabama Department of Transportation released a preliminary report that recommends proceeding with further studies of the 'B Prime' route.The 'B Prime' route begins at Virginia, Street crosses the Mobile River just south of the Mobile Cruise Terminal, continues across Pinto Island and joins the Bayway, which will be widened two lanes in each direction from the bridge meeting point.The public hearings ran from September 23rd through November 7th. More than 600 people made comments on this bridge proposal each of those comments were documented and will be part of a study required by the federal government.ALDOT Engineer Vince Calametti is responsible for the design, and construction of the bridge project."The latest report does give us the opportunity to being some of the preliminary design which will give us information that will allow us to continue to complete this needful process," Calametti said.Calametti says his team wants to alleviate the bumper to bumper traffic into the Wallace Tunnel. The next step is an environmental impact study.Documents released from the public hearings show eight-seven percent of comments were in favor of the route, six percent were not in support and seven percent did not specify whether they were for or against."This gives us an opportunity to look at those details to see what can be done," Calametti said.The report also recommends further study of bicycle and pedestrian traffic across the bay.Kevin Harrison is the director of transportation for the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission. the group is asking ALDOT to build a bicycle and pedestrian crossing along the bridge."If we're going to do something that will last the next 100 years lets do it right and build a bicycle path," Harrison said.Calametti says this is the beginning of a long process."It's a very big it's an expensive project all funding options will be looked at," Calametti said.Congressman Byrne has said it will require a complete team effort to fund the bridge, including state and federal funds. The Secretary of Transportation will also visit Mobile this year to learn more about the project and see the need firsthand.The research part of the project will take 1-2 years to complete. Once the study is done it go to the Federal Highway Administration it will then issue a decision.

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