We're continuing to bring you the latest developments on a new Mobile River Bridge.

A new conceptual video is out showing what the bridge might look like.

Meantime, work is already underway buying up property that stands in the way of where the new bridge will be built.

The new video put out by Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project shows a concept of what the bridge could look like.

You're heading east from Mobile 215 feet in the air, passing landmarks like the RSA Tower and Austal.

Construction on the bridge is almost two years away, but bridge officials say they're already in the phase of purchasing the property needed to build the span.

Allison Gregg with the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project said, "There is a right of way process where we actually have to purchase property to build the bridge. And folks who are in that area where the property will be purchased, they have already been contacted by ALDOT."

FOX10 News has learned one of the businesses notified is Southern Fish and Oyster, right next to the cruise terminal.

While property is bought, bridge officials wait for the federal government to release an environmental impact statement, which directly affects people in Mobile and Baldwin counties.

Gregg said, "Its the wildlife, the water quality, but also lighting for the residents lighting noise. What are those impacts are they going to have on the communities in both sides of the bridge as well as both sides of the bay?"

Bridge officials hope that will be released later this year or early next year.

It will also look at the impact of raising the Bayway to guard against storm surges.

Gregg said, "It will actually be ten feet higher and it will be double the width. So, the new Bayway will go in the middle of the existing Bayway and it actually has to go in that area because that land has already been disrupted."

Last night, the project director spoke at a community meeting, and heard from anxious motorists.

Among the comments: "I'm encouraged with the progress that our community is making," and, "Hopefully, when it's finally finished, it will help with that traffic."

Project officials may be anxious, too.

They've even drawn an outline of the bridge on a window in their upper floor office.

The completion date for the bridge is still set for sometime in 2025.

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