The I-10 bridge connecting Mobile and Baldwin County has long been a problem for travelers. Local officials recently traveled to the nation’s capital to make the case for a new bridge to alleviate congestion. However, officials came away from the meeting believing that even with federal help, the bridge may be too expensive. As such, some believe making it a toll bridge is the only way to fund the project.
The new bridge is expected to cost hundreds of millions of dollars. Even with assistance from the federal government, the state would not be able to cover its end of the cost. A toll would help cover the cost of building and maintaining the bridge.
Opinions on creating a toll bridge were generally negative on social media. Many thought a toll would only slow traffic down more and defeat the purpose of the new bridge. Others believe that we pay enough in taxes that we shouldn’t have to pay tolls on roads as well.
Some did defend the idea, claiming toll roads in northern parts of the country are of a higher quality than the roads we drive on. Others defended the idea of those using the bridge paying for it directly via the toll.
One thing most agree on is the fact that a new bridge is needed.
The I-10 bridge issue is just a symptom of a larger problem facing the US. Our infrastructure has been neglected for decades. The country is in dire need of an infrastructure upgrade. The I-10 bridge is not even one of the bigger problems. Many of America’s bridges are structurally deficient, making them ticking time bombs.
With Washington more divided than it has been in decades, the infrastructure problem has largely been ignored. Some Democrats have pushed for more infrastructure spending, mainly as a way to create jobs. Republicans have shot down many of those plans due to concerns over the country’s growing debt. While Washington argues, motorists suffer.