U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne’s office confirmed Tuesday U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is planning a trip to Mobile on Tuesday, May 26 to learn more about the I-10 bridge project.
The planned visit comes following an invitation from Byrne’s office last year, but so far not many details about the visit are known.Byrne, as well as other local municipal and county leaders, met with U.S. Department of Transportation officials about the project last October in Washington, D.C. after last year’s release of a draft environmental statement for the project.
The release of that draft was considered a milestone, as the federal government’s original Notice of Intent for the project had been registered more than 10 years earlier, in October of 2003.
Foxx’s visit to Mobile could be a sign of the DOT’s interest in the potentially $1 billion project that will likely comprise federal, state, local and private funding before it’s completed.
“As everyone knows we’ve been working really hard to get an I-10 bridge built over the Mobile River. It is a big project, and it is going to take a team approach to make it work,” Byrne said in a statement to Lagniappe. “I’m pleased to announce that Secretary Anthony Foxx is going to be coming to Mobile later this month to see firsthand the need for this bridge, as well as to discuss some other transportation concerns of our district. This visit is an important step toward getting the bridge built.”
When and if it’s funded, the “Interstate 10 Mobile River bridge and Bayway widening project,” would create a new six-lane bridge to alleviate congestion at the Wallace Tunnel in addition to widening the adjoining Bayway’s four lanes to eight.
Updated at 4:39 p.m. to include a statement from U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne.