ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION SOUTHWEST REGION
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/12/15
GOVERNOR ANNOUNCES PRELIMINARY DESIGN PROCESS FOR PROPOSED I-10 BRIDGE PROJECT
Consultant selection process is expected to begin this spring
MOBILE, Ala. – Governor Robert Bentley announced today that the Alabama Department of Transportation will move forward with the preliminary design process for the “B Prime” route of the proposed Mobile River Bridge and Bayway widening project.
“The Mobile River Bridge Project is important to Alabama and the entire Southern U.S. region,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “This bridge will be vital to increasing the capacity of I-10 and reducing the congestion in the tunnels near Mobile. Today’s news is an important step forward for this project.”
ALDOT is currently finalizing the preliminary design scope. Advertisement for design consultants is expected to begin in the next few weeks, and ALDOT anticipates selecting a consultant this summer.
“By starting the design process ALDOT will be able to fully analyze issues like the construction vibration concerns, bicycle and pedestrian issues, effects of storm surge on the ‘Bayway’ bridge, and other items that we need to resolve for the Final Environmental Impact Statement,” said Southwest Region Engineer Vince Calametti.
“Additionally, with Federal Highway Administration approval to begin preliminary design, the time frame for pre-construction work is significantly reduced. Our goal is to have a set of plans complete as soon as possible and to continue the discussions of how to fund this project.”
The “B Prime” route was the preferred alternative corridor named in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), which was approved by the FHWA in July of 2014. The bridge route starts at Virginia Street, crosses the Mobile River just south of the Mobile Cruise Terminal, continues across Pinto Island and joins the center of the Bayway, where it will continue through the US-90/98 interchange in Baldwin County.
In September ALDOT hosted two public hearings for the DEIS. More than 85 percent of those that commented were in favor of the project.
Information for consultants is available here: http://cpmsweb2.dot.state.al.us/ConsultMgmt//default.aspx
Kathryn D. Hamlett
Alabama Department of Transportation
Southwest Region Media and Community Relations Officer