MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A $2.7 billion plan to ease traffic along the northern Gulf Coast in Alabama with the construction of a new Interstate 10 bridge and highway through Mobile has taken a step forward.
Two key planning organizations approved the project in separate votes Wednesday.
The project has been stalled because of questions over tolls. But it won the endorsement of planning groups on both sides of Mobile Bay. Work could begin as early as next year.
The project includes construction of a tall bridge over the Mobile River and a replacement of I-10 over Mobile Bay.
Officials say the improvement is needed in part to make hurricane evacuations easier.