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City of Mobile Hosts TIGER Grant Community Meeting

August 31, 2017

MOBILE, Ala. -- The City of Mobile is hosting a community engagement meeting focused on the "One Mobile" project funded by the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant award. It will take place today from 4 to 6 pm at Seals Community Center.

In 2016, the Department of Transportation awarded the City of Mobile a $14.5 million TIGER grant to rebuild aging infrastructure, connect citizens to jobs and revitalize historic neighborhoods. The grant provides federal funding to reconstruct the Broad-Beauregard corridor and connect it to MLK Avenue and the Three Mile Creek Greenway. The total cost of the project will amount to $21 million which includes matching funds from the City and the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Project planning and design is currently underway and construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The first phase begins on Beauregard Street from Water to Congress Streets. The second phase starts on Broad Street and stretches from Congress to Canal Streets. The third phase continues on Broad Street from Canal to Baker Street. The fourth and final phase will connect Broad Street to the Three Mile Creek Greenway via MLK Avenue. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.

The "One Mobile" project will provide efficient connectivity between residents, the transportation system and major economic employment centers at Brookley Aeroplex and downtown Mobile. It will also reconnect neighborhoods currently divided by Broad Street's unbroken 5‐lane expanse of concrete by creating bike and pedestrian lanes and landscaped medians.

Ultimately, the project will establish a high-functioning transportation hub, offer increased opportunities for recreation, improve health and wellness and develop a cohesive street network with strong links to all neighborhoods.

"Once completed, we will provide safe, pedestrian and bicycle-friendly access, beautify the streetscape and stimulate economic activity throughout Mobile," said Mayor Stimpson. "This project will connect citizens from the transportation hub on Water Street to homes in neighborhoods to jobs at Brookley Aeroplex to recreation on the Three Mile Creek Greenway."