The Bayway Bridge project started years ago with politicians biting their tongue’s and saying little about how they were going to finance the project. Then came the discussion about tolls, again they bit their tongue’s. Next, came Jim Zigler and his Facebook page:
Over 50,000 people liked the site and faster than a politician could tell a lie, they all flipped flopped and said no tolls. A year, and several plans later went by, and all of a sudden Mobile and Baldwin MPO’s have married together to give a unified front FOR tolls. This political strategy puts all the politicians in the same pot and insulates them, somewhat, from public opinion, they think.
“We are going to have a toll-free route and if you don’t want to pay the toll, you can take the toll-free route,” Burrell said. “We have done everything we can. We don’t see money coming from the federal infrastructure bill to pay for the bridge. We don’t see (additional) state money coming.”
The number one reason to be suspicious of anything dealing with the bridge is, take it or leave it, Jack Burrell. His track record as a councilman has been horrible and currently he is involved in yet another controversy at the Fairhope Airport Authority.
Mr. Burrell being the spokesman for the I-10 project, in light of his failures, is reason enough to oppose tolls.
The article also quotes, Jon Gray, a political strategist based in Mobile, are you kidding? Mr. Gray is a political strategist who can be bought, and has been, by any politician. His job is to promote B.S., and he is good at it. Why would the papers seek the advice of a biased political strategist?
“ALDOT and local leaders from across Baldwin and Mobile counties have turned over every stone in Washington and Montgomery looking for additional funding, and we’ve been clear and transparent about what’s available,” he said. “The state is committed to spending at least $250 million on this project in addition to the $125 million from the federal government, which we risk losing with further delay’s.”
The price tag is 2.2 billion and they have available about 500 million, so their reasoning is to toll the general public for their inability to raise enough money any other way.
BALDWIN COUNTY CITIZENS For GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY (CGA)
FYI: While doing some research on Toll Roads I found and article which I feel relates to the proposed I-10 Toll Bridge. If this applies in Pennsylvania then why shouldn’t it apply in Alabama? (In 2007, Pennsylvania legislators passed Act 44, allowing the state to take steps toward tolling Interstate 80, running east to west through the middle of the state. Proceeds from the toll would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars each year for road repairs and public transit systems. The problem with this is states need federal authorization to add tolls to interstates. This year, the U.S. Department of Transportation rejected Pennsylvania’s third request to add tolls to I-80, leaving the state scrambling to fill a $472 million hole in its transportation budget.)
“The problem with this is, states need federal authorization to add tolls to interstates.”
Has Alabama got authorization to add a toll to the proposed Bay Bridge?
What the citizens of Baldwin and Mobile County’s need is another NO TOLLS PETITION.
Give it hell Dean Young:
Put 100,000 signatures on a NO TOLLS PETITION and you will see the same politicians advocating for a toll, running for election on the platform of NO TOLLS>
Love you Ripp but I am for the tolls!
This website helps to debunk the myths about tolls. https://www.ibtta.org/
There is an alternative route if you don’t want to pay.
Jon Gray is good at what he does – it’s his job. Also, he’s a stand up guy.
Baloney Poppy Glitter!
We pay too much on gas tax and road tax! The interstate must never be a toll road
If they would not hire so many administrators and hire actual road builders then there would be funds there
Case in point: they use to wash the Wallace Tunnels every night. Not anymore because the money is going to administrators who contribute nothing to actual road building or maintenance
Don’t worry about Brookside. By the time the DOJ gets through with this town, the police chief, the prosecutor, the judge, and the mayor will be in jail
Already the mayor has thrown the police chief under the bus and the police chief had to quit
More sparks to come
Where are the democrats?
Both parties blow chunks.
They take and take and take and take and take…
And nobody ever goes to prison.
Because they are Christian Conservatives. God is on their side
Jack is looking hot. should have drawn him with a fiery head of hair. Would have been epic.
I would like to meet him in the gulley
I already did. I felt so 🥰 loved
What a lousy news service. On par with commie cnn!!!!!
Ripp is about the only news service we have left in this town.
Trip Pittman was guilty. He shoulda went to the big house. Sad.
A big man in the big house. Oh yeah. I want to be his cell mate
Pittman, Burrell and Robert Brown fart in your general direction. Get real. You people are on dope.
I would love to be in that direction. I want to smell real men
Jack is a fine Christian.
Why don’t YOU leave town?
These trolls will make a statement but are too cowardly to answer rebuttals
I have everybody I know voting for Harri. he should win easily as a republican. Just tell the folks he’s a Christian.
I cant afford no tolls. Inflation is too fricking high