Mobile Airport, Port Authority Awarded $100 Million Federal Grant

Port of Mobile
Port of Mobile, Ala. (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

[Stay on top of transportation news: Get TTNews in your inbox.]

Two Mobile, Ala., transportation agencies are getting a combined $100 million in federal grant money to support various projects, including the construction of a new international airport terminal at the Brookley Aeroplex.

The grant is broken down to include $62 million for the Mobile Airport Authority and $38 million to the Alabama State Port Authority. The overall federal allocation is being hailed by retiring Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) as “one of the most impactful federal grants during my time in Congress.”

“Mobile has a lot to offer, and I am thrilled that we are utilizing its existing infrastructure to create a new transportation hub and economic power source for the entire state,” Shelby said in a news release announcing the $100 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation Demonstration Program.

The grant was financed through the fiscal 2021 appropriations bill, and Mobile is the only recipient of the grant money.

The money is being directed as follows:

  • $62 million will go toward construction of a new international airport terminal at the Brookley Aeroplex. The overall project is expected to cost $252 million, but the Mobile Airport Authority is hoping to complete it without going into debt. The terminal is expected to be open by 2024.
  • $38 million will go toward two projects within the port. Of that money, approximately $20 million will be invested in an interterminal bridge connecting the docks to the intermodal container transfer facility. An additional $18 million will be spent to improve utilities within a 124-acre logistics park.

“It’s a unique collaboration between the airport, port authority and the city,” said John Driscoll, director and CEO of the port authority. “It shows, in my mind, how different agencies and different interests can come together in one project and for it to be beneficial to the state, the city and the region.”

Want more news? Listen to today's daily briefing below or go here for more info:


Distributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC