I-10 bridge project loses out on $250 million grant

(IMG:WPMI) New Mobile Bay bridge grant denied

The U.S. Department of Transportation announced which projects will be receiving Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grants, and the $250 million dollar grant application for the I-10 bridge project is not on the list. The $2 billion project includes building a new bridge over Mobile River and widening the Bayway to eight lanes.

Congressman Bradley Byrne says this will not slow down the progress of this project. All the federal regulatory approvals will be done by the end of the year, he says. And with this being a four year build, there's still time to get grant money.

"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. It is something we need to get resolved and I think we will.

The highly anticipated project will largely be funded by tolls. How much is not known. Byrne says there's another opportunity this fall to apply for more grant money.

"It was disappointing for this year. Not always unsurprising when you first start like this and you're asking for that kind of money but we're going to be talking about that and working with the folks in the Mobile area to try and make sure we can get that done," said Sen. Doug Jones (D) Alabama.

Why we lost out this round has not been made clear. Byrne says he's meeting with U.S. Transportation officials tomorrow, and they are briefing the state transportation on Monday. He says from those conversations we should get some insight into what could have been done to make our project more competitive.