The Alabama Department of Transportation wants drivers to be aware of more work happening to prepare for construction of a new bridge over the Mobile River.

Traffic is not expected to be impacted, but ALDOT wants to prevent rubber-necking and wants drivers to obey speed limits on the Bayway and the Causeway.

Right now, there are barges in the water along the Bayway. They have been there for a few weeks doing some pile driving. They work should continue throughout the week along the north side of the bridge near the Wallace Tunnel.

Spokesperson Allison Gregg said, "So what the crews are out there doing right now is they are doing some preliminary testing work. They are driving the piles and collecting the data to see what kind of construction methods we are going to be using once we move into construction. We have done pile driving at three different sites and this is the third and final site. The data we are collecting will be gathered and given to the proposing teams and they will be able to use that data to help them develop their plan for the project and help us save money and reduce risk in the long run."

Three different firms are in the running to win the contract for the $2 billion project. ALDOT's goal is to have a final request for proposal out by the end of the year.

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