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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #100 on: March 23, 2021, 09:58:22 PM »

There are separate rivers there!?  This is suddenly looking like a much smaller project than what I imagined (though that does answer the question of why bother to re-stripe the bridge if the tunnels would still be two lanes each).  Where would that even go?  Or would it not be a freeway?
Yes, there's the Mobile River which the tunnel goes under, then there's the Mobile Bay which the 7.5 mile Bayway viaduct crosses. The new bridge would be a high level bridge just over the River, not the Bay, located to the south of the tunnel and tie into I-10 on either end.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #101 on: March 23, 2021, 10:02:05 PM »

One thing to keep in mind is that any rebuild of the bayway would require much higher structures in order to withstand future storm surges. So they canít just widen it in place. Thatís part of why the former plan was so expensive, in addition to it being four lanes in each direction with shoulders.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #102 on: March 23, 2021, 10:12:30 PM »

One thing to keep in mind is that any rebuild of the bayway would require much higher structures in order to withstand future storm surges. So they canít just widen it in place. Thatís part of why the former plan was so expensive, in addition to it being four lanes in each direction with shoulders.
For long term sustainability, they need to find someway to get the old project design constructed, either with the toll or somehow without, perhaps more federal funding, etc Because even if they go forth with the current plan, the Bayway is eventually going to have to be replaced at some point.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #103 on: June 09, 2021, 06:47:28 PM »

The I-10 Mobile River Bridge is back on the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) after the Eastern Shore MPO (which voted down the original bridge project) unanimously voted to add the Phase 1 truck toll bridge proposal to the TIP. The Mobile area MPO also added it to their TIP on a unanimous vote last week. This paves the way for ALDOT to continue work on the proposal and makes the bridge eligible for any new federal dollars that may come out in the coming months. Apparently none of the no-toll folks showed up to the meeting at all according to a couple news sources. Phase 2 would build a duplicate span of the Phase 1 bridge next to it and improve the western entrance to the Wallace tunnels. Phase 3 handles the total reconstruction of the Bayway/Jubilee Parkway to the 4-lanes each direction and shoulders portion of the original bridge project. Link to the AL.com article on the matter: https://www.al.com/news/2021/06/coastal-alabama-officials-solidify-plans-to-advance-i-10-truck-bridge-project.html
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #104 on: June 09, 2021, 07:25:03 PM »

One thing to keep in mind is that any rebuild of the bayway would require much higher structures in order to withstand future storm surges. So they canít just widen it in place. Thatís part of why the former plan was so expensive, in addition to it being four lanes in each direction with shoulders.
For long term sustainability, they need to find someway to get the old project design constructed, either with the toll or somehow without, perhaps more federal funding, etc Because even if they go forth with the current plan, the Bayway is eventually going to have to be replaced at some point.
Couldnít agree more. Keeping the tunnels as well is a very smart move for increased reliability in the region.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #105 on: June 09, 2021, 07:39:07 PM »

^

The current phased approach appears to eventually end up at the original proposal with a replaced Bayway in the ultimate build.

Hopefully, by the time that last phase comes around, some sort of funding method can be identified to eliminate the tolls from the project altogether.

I donít expect much from the current infrastructure proposals at the national level as of current, in terms of large scale funding that would negate tolls on many projects that they are necessary today.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #106 on: June 09, 2021, 08:04:30 PM »

Biden just announced he is ending talks with the Republican senate on infrastructure as he says itís going nowhere. Iím not sure what that means at this point but I too was not overly thrilled on the new infrastructure proposal Biden put out.
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« Reply #107 on: June 09, 2021, 08:55:16 PM »

Biden just announced he is ending talks with the Republican senate on infrastructure as he says itís going nowhere. Iím not sure what that means at this point but I too was not overly thrilled on the new infrastructure proposal Biden put out.
Because the vast majority of the Democrats proposal was not infrastructure in the form of bridges and roadsÖ only a small portion was and it was nothing of any sort of significant spending.

The Republican proposal focused more on thatÖ but with significantly reduced spending, and potentially using tolls / P3ís to fund it. Itís safe to say no large scale investment on roads and bridges alone will be happening any time soon, unfortunately. It will continue to be up to the states to slog along on.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #108 on: June 09, 2021, 09:09:59 PM »

Biden just announced he is ending talks with the Republican senate on infrastructure as he says itís going nowhere. Iím not sure what that means at this point but I too was not overly thrilled on the new infrastructure proposal Biden put out.
Because the vast majority of the Democrats proposal was not infrastructure in the form of bridges and roadsÖ only a small portion was and it was nothing of any sort of significant spending.

The Republican proposal focused more on thatÖ but with significantly reduced spending, and potentially using tolls / P3ís to fund it. Itís safe to say no large scale investment on roads and bridges alone will be happening any time soon, unfortunately. It will continue to be up to the states to slog along on.
Weíll see. I donít think Biden is as anti road and bridge as Buttigied comes across. I bet some pet projects like this get thrown a bone in the infrastructure bill. It even says the proponents of this project are going to DC to support the infrastructure bill and lobby for this.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #111 on: July 28, 2021, 09:58:54 PM »

Update on this project:

https://mynbc15.com/news/local/aldot-provides-update-on-mobile-river-bridge-project-considers-two-toll-options

Confusion reigns supreme in this article.
Yeah I agree I was wondering how the purchase retiny and scalpel but anyoneís guess is better than mine would be. Weíll likely have to wait until 2024, the 5th quarter that is the year itíll be added. It will all become clear soon what happens to this project and the greater mobile, AK-FL area.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #112 on: August 13, 2021, 04:49:45 PM »

I have to wonder if the infrastructure bill becomes law if Alabama could use those extra funds towards the I-10 Mobile River bridge? Kentucky is considering using its share to fund the I-69 Ohio River bridge and a new I-71/75 span across the Ohio River in Cincinnati.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #113 on: August 13, 2021, 09:51:51 PM »

I have to wonder if the infrastructure bill becomes law if Alabama could use those extra funds towards the I-10 Mobile River bridge? Kentucky is considering using its share to fund the I-69 Ohio River bridge and a new I-71/75 span across the Ohio River in Cincinnati.
I wasnít aware of the new 71/75 bridge in Cincinnati. That will be so welcome so as long as they make sure to incorporate a cool design. I just hope they donít shift the alignment and create a curve on the future bridge to keep the original span open during construction.
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Re: I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway
« Reply #114 on: August 13, 2021, 09:57:31 PM »

I have to wonder if the infrastructure bill becomes law if Alabama could use those extra funds towards the I-10 Mobile River bridge? Kentucky is considering using its share to fund the I-69 Ohio River bridge and a new I-71/75 span across the Ohio River in Cincinnati.
I wasnít aware of the new 71/75 bridge in Cincinnati. That will be so welcome so as long as they make sure to incorporate a cool design. I just hope they donít shift the alignment and create a curve on the future bridge to keep the original span open during construction.

My source for the Brent Spence bridge is https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/politics/2021/08/13/senate-infrastructure-package-could-pay-brent-spence-interstate-69-bridges/8123241002/
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