ALDOT Reaches Deal With Environmental Group Over U.S. 98

Fri November 13, 2009 - Southeast Edition

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) An environmental group has reached an agreement with the Alabama Department of Transportation over construction of a new section of U.S. 98 in west Mobile.

Both parties said Oct. 16 that Mobile Baykeeper had asked a judge to dismiss its claim but neither party would discuss the contents of the agreement when contacted by the Press-Register newspaper.

The DOT plans to replace a two-lane section of U.S. 98 but the project has gone more than $40 million over budget and is years behind schedule. The Press-Register has uncovered numerous environmental violations.

Those violations included mud smothering wetlands and flowing into Mobiles’ drinking water supply.

A lawsuit between the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System and the DOT stemming from the project is still active.