MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- We have a better idea of what the proposed Mobile River Bridge and Bayway expansion could look like once the project is completed.
The Alabama Department of Transportation released an updated animation and new renderings of the future route over the Mobile River. The images also show the designs of seven interchanges where drivers will be able to get on Interstate 10. Two of those interchanges, one at Virginia Street and the other at Broad Street in Mobile, will be Diverging Diamond Interchanges.
ALDOT said the entire project will cost more than $2 billion. To help fund construction and maintenance of the bridge, a toll will be charged to drivers using the new bridge, the Bayway, and the existing Wallace Tunnel. Officials estimate the tolls will be between $3 and $6. Frequent users of the bridge will be offered a discounted rate.
Drivers wishing to avoid the toll would need to exit I-10 and use the Bankhead Tunnel or Cochrane–Africatown USA Bridge to cross the Mobile River, and then use the Causeway to cross the bay.
ALDOT hopes construction will start in 2020 with the project wrapping up by 2025. Before work begins, ALDOT is hosting meetings to get input from the public. The first is Tuesday, May 7 at the Spanish Fort Town Center. The meeting will be held between 4:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. The second meeting is Thursday, May 9, at the Mobile Civic Center. That meeting will be held between 4:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.