Price of planned Mobile River bridge swells to $2.7 billion

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The latest plan for a new bridge and revamped Interstate 10 to ease traffic congestion on the Gulf Coast at Mobile shows the cost has swelled to $2.7 billion after years of disputes and delays, an increase of more than 25%.

The project, which includes a tall bridge over the Mobile River and a replacement of I-10 over Mobile Bay just east of downtown, could be complete by late 2028 if work begins next year, according to a report released Friday by the Alabama Department of Transportation.

Passenger vehicles would pay a maximum toll of $2.50 and trucks would pay as much as $18, the report said, but free routes would still be available.

The project was projected to cost $2.1