What is the purpose of the project?
The purpose of the project is to create a Complete Street to better serve the City of Mobile's citizens. The six goals of the project are to:
- Provide safe pedestrian-and bicycle-friendly access for residents, workers, and visitors
- Reconnect neighborhoods currently divided by Broad Street's seven-lane expanse
- Accommodate all modes of travel with improved connections between neighborhoods, transportation hubs, major employment centers, and local destinations
- Reconstruct aging infrastructure such as roads and utilities
- Create attractive, welcoming, and cohesive streetscapes
- Stimulate a vibrant economy and active community environment.
How is the project being funded?
Why is the TIGER - Broad Street project needed?
This project seeks to remedy the impact Urban Renewal had on the Broad Street area and the surrounding neighborhoods. The project reconnects surrounding neighborhoods to downtown and major economic centers while increasing safety for all users including pedestrians and cyclists.
What does TIGER mean?
TIGER is an acronym for the federal grant program that is partially funding the project. The Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program supports innovative projects, including multi-modal and multi-jurisdictional projects, which can be difficult to fund through traditional federal programs.
Where is the project?
The project includes Beauregard Street and Broad Street from Water Street in downtown Mobile to Baker Street south of Interstate 10. The project also includes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue from Beauregard Street to Three Mile Creek.
What is the project's construction schedule?
The project will be constructed in four phases. Construction is scheduled to begin in Spring 2018. Construction should occur over 5 years with completion anticipated in Fall 2023. Periodic updates on the project and construction schedule will be posted on the project's website: www.cityofmobile.org/reconnecting
Will reducing the number of travel lanes cause more congestion?
Current conditions provide more travel lanes than needed for current and expected traffic volumes. The new design will increase efficiency throughout the corridor and maintain an acceptable level of service. The project will improve the Broad Street intersections at Dauphin Street and Springhill Avenue by providing dedicated left turn lanes and decreasing the number of traffic lights in that area.