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Governor Ivey looking for toll options

(WPMI) Governor Ivey looking for toll options
(WPMI) Governor Ivey looking for toll options

Alabama's Governor Kay Ivey was in Baldwin County Wednesday and is saying the door is not closed to seeking options other than a toll for the Mobile River Bridge project.

But the Governor is not offering any alternatives.

Governor Ivey spoke to the state's County Commissioners, getting a standing ovation as she entered the room.

Ivey did not talk about the toll, not until NBC 15 News asked her face to face.

"This project is critical to the ongoing success of our state and this region and this is a project we have to build to its fruition. So I've called the October 7th meeting so we can lay all possible reasonable solutions on the table," said Ivey.

The Governor is looking for solutions and hopes to get feedback at an October 7th meeting in Montgomery where she will meet with ALDOT engineers and the state's toll authority.

Baldwin County Commissioner Billie Jo Underwood, also a member of the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization, says the future of the project's funding may be in question.

"There has to be a way to pay for something and obviously the people have spoken. They don't want a toll, so we have to look for another way to do it," said Underwood.

Baldwin's MPO has offered to hold that October 7th meeting with ALDOT and the toll authority in Daphne at the Daphne Civic Center.

NBC 15 News asked the Governor's staff and we've been told Ivey still wants to hold that meeting in Montgomery.