The City of Mobile is hosting its very first Open House for citizens to see the first look of the project funded by the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant award on November 10 in the International Trade Center. Walk-ins are welcome from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m.
In July, the Department of Transportation awarded Mobile a $14.5 million TIGER grant to rebuild aging infrastructure, connect citizens to jobs and revitalize historic neighborhoods. The grant provides federal funding to reconstruct the Broad-Beauregard corridor and connect it to the Three Mile Creek greenway. The City will be required to provide a $3.3 million local match.
The project will provide efficient connectivity between residents, the transportation system and major economic employment centers at Brookley Aeroplex and downtown Mobile. It will also reconnect neighborhoods currently divided by Broad Street’s unbroken five‐lane expanse of concrete by creating bike and pedestrian lanes and landscaped medians.
“This award is the result of a tremendous effort by our city staff in collaboration with our state and federal partners,” Mayor Sandy Stimpson said. “This initiative provides safe, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly access, beautifies the streetscape and stimulates economic activity throughout Mobile. This project will connect citizens from the transportation hub on Water Street to homes in neighborhoods to jobs at Brookley Aeroplex to recreation on the Three Mile Creek greenway.”
The Stimpson Administration identified the TIGER Grant program as a key opportunity upon taking office in late 2013.