I-10 Bridge project still on schedule despite $250M grant denial

I-10 Bridge project still on schedule despite $250M grant denial (WPMI)

It's a vision many hope to see in the coming years - a bridge over the Mobile River and an expanded Bayway.

That vision hit a snag after the US Department of Transportation did not approve the City's grant request for $250 million.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson says he was shocked when he got the news.

"We really had thought we would get it, so upon getting that news, we were disappointed," Stimpson said.

The $2 billion project is set to be funded through public and private partnerships and tolls.

An ALDOT spokesperson says you shouldn't worry because this will not delay the project. Since it's a four year build, there's still time to get grant money.

"The funding itself is actually authorized through 2019-2020, so we will apply for it again next year," Allison Griggs with the Mobile River Bridge Project said.

Congressman Bradley Byrne says since this is a federal interstate, it's appropriate federal dollars go into this project.

"The fact that we've got this thing that's come up as we get towards the end is really not going to be a life or death situation towards the building of this bridge." Byrne said. "It is something we need to get resolved, and I think we will.

City and state leaders say they will reapply, but first they plan to meet with the Department of Transportation next week to find out why the request was denied.

"Each year you finesse it, you get a little better at it hopefully, so we really should be in good shape the next round," Mayor Stimpson said.

"We're going to find out what it takes, get the words right for the next application and get some money," Byrne added.

Foundation tests you saw along the interstate and Bayway wrapped up last month. Those findings will be given to the three teams vying for the project.

Construction is set to start in 2019 and end in 2024.