FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 1/9/15
MOBILE RIVER BRIDGE CORRIDOR HEARING REPORT SUMMARY NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE
Further study will continue on “B Prime” route
MOBILE, Ala. – The Corridor Hearing Report Summary for the proposed Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Widening Project is now available online here.
The report recommends proceeding with further study of the “B Prime” route in developing the Final Environmental Impact Statement.
Alabama Department of Transportation received 641 comments from the public regarding the proposed project during the official comment period, which ran from Sept. 23-Nov. 7. Eighty-seven percent of comments were in favor of the project, six percent were not in support of the project, and seven percent of those that submitted comments did not specify whether they were for or against the project. A complete breakdown of the comments can be found on page 7 of the report.
Based on the comments received, the report also recommends further study of the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian facilities across Mobile River, which involves getting detailed cost estimates of facility options.
With the recommendation, the preliminary design process for the project may begin. A preliminary design is necessary for finalization of mitigation plans and will provide ALDOT with a more detailed project cost, which will be included in the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS).
The FEIS will include the ALDOT’s responses to comments that were received during the official comment period, commitments to consulting parties, mitigation plans, and the final alternate selection from the DEIS (A, B, B Prime, C, and no build). The FEIS document is expected to take 1-2 years to complete. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will then issue a Record of Decision for the project within 90 days of the FEIS circulation.
The FHWA approved the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the proposed I-10 bridge over Mobile River and widening of the existing I-10 Bayway on July 22.
The DEIS addresses impacts associated with the bridge alignments under consideration for the project and provides a preferred corridor, “B Prime,” based on studies conducted and the associated impacts.
“B Prime” 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 to Daphne.
Kathryn D. Hamlett
Alabama Department of Transportation
Southwest Region Media and Community Relations Officer