MOBILE, Alabama (WKRG) – It was a full room Tuesday morning at Mobile’s GulfQuest National Maritime Museum.
“It’s a crowded crowd of different construction companies, engineering firms, and people who are just interested in this project,” said Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson.
Industry leaders learn more about the I-10 Mobile River Bridge & Bayway project during a forum hosted by the Alabama Department of Transportation and both the Eastern Shore and the Mobile Metropolitan Planning Organization. Officials gave the audience an idea of what is needed as the project progresses.
“There’s probably thousands of pages of specs that they need to meet and so after that they’re going to do their best and come up with design aspects, whether it’s going to have an environmental impact, they need to look at the financial models as much as it will be cost,” said Jack Burrell, Chairman of the Eastern Shore MPO.
The specific needs and numbers were discussed behind closed doors, but Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson said the meeting generated many new ideas and helped certain companies network with others. ALDOT calls this a design-build process. Finally, companies will be selected to help with the project based on their expertise, and some of these companies could be selected at Tuesday’s meeting.
“Maybe you’ve got some new players at the table now and you might have some new syndicates coming together that have worked together over the last few years and create an even better way forward,” Stimpson added.
In July, the bridge project was included in the TIP, the Transportation Improvement Plan. Officials expect work to begin late next year.
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