Mobile River Bridge
Mobile Baykeeper has closely followed and worked on the Mobile River Bridge since 1999. In 2014, the Alabama Department of Transportation’s (ALDOT’s) consultants began writing a rigorous final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the selected route. We have engaged with ALDOT, ADEM, the consultants, and other community members and organizations to do what we do: ensure that bridge developers avoid or mitigate any environmental damage that may result from the location and construction of the bridge.
Environmental damage that could result from the building of the Mobile River Bridge and associated raising of the Bayway include impacts to wetlands, water quality, air quality, and marine life, including seafood. We believe in and support the addition of bike lanes as a means to allow alternative transportation, reduce air pollution, promote health, and ensure a high quality of life for our coastal communities.
Mobile Baykeeper reviewed the EIS and wrote extensive comments. We await a response from ALDOT on our suggestions and critiques. Our comments are publicly available here.
We do not weigh in on the cost of projects and, therefore, Mobile Baykeeper is not weighing in on potential tolls associated with this bridge. Our mission is to provide citizens the means to protect the beauty, health, and heritage of the Mobile Bay Watershed. Our duty to our members and success as an organization require that we focus our efforts on the environmental impacts of proposed projects. That is what we have done for more than twenty years and will continue to do. Mobile Baykeeper is a vigilant protector of our watershed, and we are committed to accuracy in all we do.