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AL: I-10 Bridge Endorsed

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Mobile's mayor has announced the city's favored route for a high-rise Interstate 10 bridge over Mobile Bay, urging state and federal officials to build it soon to relieve traffic congestion in the I-10 tunnels.

Mayor Sam Jones made the announcement Wednesday at a news conference joined by key port and business leaders. The proposal is
for a route that would pass near Bender Shipbuilding and Austal's giant shipyard and connect to the existing I-10 bayway bridge.

Transportation officials have considered 14 alternate routes in response to many public comments about a bridge that's expected to
be comparable to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Opponents
have raised the prospect of living beneath the bridge's shadows.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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