The Letter below will be sent to the equity members of the P3 groups that are bidding on this project. I feel this is now a fundamental issue as to how we want to fund highway improvements in our state. We have the recently passed gas tax increase and the prospects for additional federal funding sources that should be utilized for this project as well as staging the project in affordable pieces as viable alternatives to tolls. The people of Alabama recognize tolls as new form of tax that will impede their freedom and for many businesses threaten their economic viability. Free and open movement is an important right in a free society and tolls will diminish this right and reduce opportunities for people to seek improvement in their lives. 

If you would like to send a similar letter a word document can be found here.

If you would like a pdf copy the document you can download it from here.

You can find the contact list for the equity partners here.

GOVERNOR KAY IVEY IS NOW IN TOTAL DEFENSE MODE, HER APPOINTED STAFF and HER POLITICAL CADRES ARE TRYING TO DEFEND THE INDEFENSIBLE, TOLLS ARE NOT AN ACCEPATABLE WAY TO FUND IMPROVEMENTS TO OUR KEY HIGHWAYS; THE PUBLIC HAS REJECTED THIS IDEA.

A recent poll showing showing rejection of AL-DOTs plan.
  • The Facebook Group, Block the Mobile Bayway Toll has passed 50000 members, uniting a very diverse group of individuals who cannot afford and do not want to be pestered by tolls.
  • In spite of the great public outcry Governor Ivey and her comrades are determined to impose tolls on the people of south Alabama.
  • While this issue started in Mobile, ALDOT intends to use this model of funding to perpetuate tolls all over the state.
  • If successful this will be the beginning of the “Toll Lobby” in Montgomery which will eclipse some of Alabama’s most notorious lobby groups; given the profit potential of Mobile River Bridge Project, their goal will be to capture and control Alabama’s key transportation routes.
  • Here are some thoughts on the Mobile River Project:
  1. Our traffic analysis shows that at 80,000 vehicles per day at $6 per vehicle (which is their high end for tolls–“right now”) for 55 years=$9,600,000,000 (9.6 billion).
  2. If the state contributes $400M (same as the I-59/I-20 Birmingham project ) using traditional financing at 4%, with a toll of $2.66 capped over the life of project, the cost is 4.2B NOT 9.6B;
  3. Why is ALDOT asking us to pay $9.6B for a bridge that costs $2B?
  4. WHO WILL PROFIT FROM THIS PROJECT? ANSWER: HEDGE FUNDS FROM NEW YORK , CONNETICUT AND FOREIGN INVESTORS FROM RICH OIL STATES IN THE MIDDLE EAST!
  5. Why is Senator Shelby sitting on the sidelines, while we are being taken for a ride?                                           
  6. Why should we have to pay tolls for a national piece of infrastructure like I-10? Funding this bridge is a State and Federal responsibility
  • We are urging everyone to continue to call/write Governor Ivey and Senator Shelby (see below for contact information–phone numbers and emails) to voice strong opposition to what we have so far learned about the I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge project! GET ENGAGED OR ELSE THEY WILL IMPOSE A $ 6 TOLL ON YOU!
  • We recommend that all calls should refrain from aggressive opposition–be respectful–it does not help our cause to labelled “deplorables” for bad behavior!
  •  Gov Ivey’s contact information is here–express your opposition to  the planned toll! Contact information:  Governor Ivey’s phone: 334-242-7100 ; or to email a comment: https://contact.governor.alabama.gov/contact.aspx
  • Senator Shelby’s contact information is here–ask him to find funds instead of a toll/tax  for the project! Senator Shelby’s phone: Mobile office 251-694-4164 ; or to email a comment: https://www.shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/emailsenatorshelby
  • If I can answer any questions on the issue,please go to this email: lcampomenosi@aol.com
  • We are partnering with State Auditor Jim Zeigler to stop the toll–go to his Facebook Page to see all that he is doing for our state: Block the Mobile Bayway Toll
  • Thanks for taking the time to become engaged against this TOLL/TAX plan! Dr. Lou Campomenosi, President, Common Sense Campaign
  • Review our ad in Lagniappe:
  • Technical details here at this ALDOT website.
  • John Sharp, al.com story here.
  • Hal Schurer, WALA story here.
  • Tyler Fingert, WALA story here.
  • Brendan Kirby; Fox 10 story here.
  • Listen to our NEW RADIO AD concerning the toll:

Take a look at these projects–all paid for without tolls!

https://www.al.com/news/birmingham/2019/02/watch-i-5920-bridge-come-crashing-down-after-implosion.html

This $750 million project in Birmingham does not include toll scanners:https://5920bridge.com/gallery/ Whats good for Birmingham is good for Mobile!

New I-10 Bridge across Lake Pontchartrain – Where are the toll scanners?

According to the following link, this $800 million project was paid for completely by the Federal Highway Administration:http://aspirebridge.com/magazine/2011Spring/I-10_Twin_Span_Web.pdf Whats good for New Orleans is good for Mobile!

Pensacola Bay Bridge Under Construction – Where are the Toll Scanners?

We all remember the replacement of the I-10 Escambia Bay Bridge which was replaced after hurricane Ivan – no toll scanners were added and now here is another $400 million project in Pensacola which also does not have toll scanners: http://www.pensacolabaybridge.com/overview# It appears that the cost was paid for by the State of Florida: http://blog.al.com/gulf-coast/2013/01/no_toll_for_pensacola_bay_brid.html Whats good for Pensacola is good for Mobile!

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