Ivey calls September meeting on Mobile area toll bridge

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has called a meeting of a state panel over a proposed toll bridge in coastal Alabama.

Ivey asked the Alabama Toll Road, Bridge, and Tunnel Authority to meet Sept. 17 in Montgomery.

They will discuss a planned bridge crossing the Mobile River and Mobile Bay. State officials say tolls from $3 to $6 are needed to help finance construction.

Ivey said she is sensitive to the impact on working families and small businesses. But the governor said she is also concerned about the “cost of doing nothing.”

Critics say the tolls could cost commuters more than $1,000 a year.

Ivey said the panel will hear an update on the project and hear from people and groups who may want to propose viable options for financing.

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