After being denied twice, the City of Mobile has now netted $14 million in federal money to make improvements on Broad Street.
“This is the third consecutive year we as an administration have applied for this grant,” said Levon Manzie, Mobile Councilmember.
But for so long the road has been in bad shape. All along Broad Street are patches from repairs. In other parts, sidewalks are crumbling.
Now funding approved through the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER Grant from the US Department of Transportation is expected to put repairs on the fast track.
“Because without this level of infusion it would have been many years before we would have been able to do this locally to do this kind of a project,” said Manzie.
Councilmember Manzie oversees the district and tells us his constituents have long been asking for improvement projects to make the area more appealing.
“You’re going to see new sidewalks this five-lane configuration of Broad Street reconfigured so that it makes sense for the surrounding communities.”
The renderings so far show parts of Broad Street where there are 4-5 lanes being restructured down to 2 lanes of traffic on each side; it would also include bike lanes and new sidewalks.
“From going to church to local schools, Bishop State is right across the street here we see shopping is increasing along this thoroughfare, so this is a major part of about five distinct communities.”
Residents, as well as some business owners like Fred Pollman, says he’s waited years to see this.
“Hopefully, it’ll move more population down here,” said Pollman.
The entire plan will help reconstruct the Broad-Beauregard corridor and connect it to the 3 Mile Creek Greenway.
“You’re going to see commercial developers all over the region who are going to want to be a part of this because this is going to be totally transformed,” said Manzie.
Mobile will also provide. $3.32 million in matching funds, and it’ll still take several months before the city receives the money.