MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) -- As plans for the new I-10 Bridge move forward, continued discussion over the cost of a toll is getting reaction from people who travel across the bay every day. Drivers learning they will pay the toll for the Wallace Tunnel once the new bridge and bayway is finished.
"I'm 5th generation Mobilian... I can remember paying 25 cents to go through the Bankhead Tunnel when I was a kid," said one man.
25 cents would be a bargain. The toll for the new bridge and bayway is yet to be determined -- but officials say it will be somewhere between 3 to 6 dollars.
"It's like more of a convenience thing. I would pay for it if it was convenient. If it makes it more convenient for me to travel faster. Yeah I would pay it," said Roy McKinney.
For those who cross the bay every day -- there's concern it could get expensive.
"I definitely understand it needs to be done. Little bit of compromise though. 3 to 6 dollars that can be pretty hefty for some people. I think maybe a little compromise on price. I understand it needs to be done. Even 2 to 3 dollars -- but up to 6 dollars -- personally I feel like that can be a lot of money for some people," said one woman.
There will be ways to get around paying the toll. The Bankhead Tunnel, Causeway, and Cochran Bridge will be toll free.
Visiting from Virginia Beach - Chris and Sheila Mitchel are very familiar with tolls.
"Oh, yeah... I think tolls are necessary to a certain extent. However, there has to be some limit to the amount that is charged to the citizens that use them every day. Because there is enough traffic on I-10 to help augment that," said Chris.
It will be an all electronic tolling system -- allowing drivers to travel through without physically stopping to pay. The toll will be collected via transponder or license plate image. ALDOT is also exploring frequent user discounts.
"I think the convenience of the new bridge... People will quickly forget about any toll. Maybe that would have to be done, especially if there was some kind of pass you could pay like a yearly subscription to for locals," said one man.
Officials with the Mobile River Bridge Project tell FOX 10 News they are preparing to apply for another grant called an "Infra" grant to help pay for the bridge. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2020. Original projections were that construction would start this year.