John Sharp

Government, Business, Fuel, Logistics, TCA

Alabama 6-Cent Gas Tax Increase to Start Sept. 1

Mobile, Alabama Mobile, Ala. (Getty Images)

For the first time in 27 years, anyone fueling up at a gas station in Alabama soon will fork out more money in taxes that will go directly to the state.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
August 26, 2019
Government, Safety, Logistics, TCA

Mobile's Interstate 10 Project Could Be Costlier Than First Imagined

George Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 beneath the Mobile River in Mobile, Alabama Traffic crawls through the George Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 beneath the Mobile River in Mobile, Ala. (Associated Press/Jay Reeves)

Critics of Alabama's plan to toll the future Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project have repeatedly questioned the rationale for building a new 7.5-mile Bayway — a route largely consisting of bridges — between Mobile and Baldwin counties.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
August 23, 2019
Government, Business, Fuel, TCA

Fuel-Tax Hike to Assist Mobile Port Widening, Alabama Lawmakers Say

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

Republican lawmakers who backed the 10-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase know that various irate constituents might be waiting at home to give them an earful on their spring break next week. But the coastal Alabama contingent will be able to point to a very tangible benefit from their supportive votes: a deepening and widening of the Mobile ship channel.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
March 25, 2019
TCA

Why Alabama Lawmakers Could Still Consider a Fuel Tax Increase

Jay Williams/Flickr

Back in 1992, when gasoline cost about $1.13 per gallon, the Alabama Legislature hiked the state's fuel tax by a nickel.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
May 10, 2017
TCA

New Wal-Mart Distribution Center to Impact Port of Mobile Traffic, I-10 Traffic

Interstate 10 in coastal Alabama is expected to grow even busier next spring as a new wave of big trucks rolls onto the roadway. Those 600 or more trucks will be moving back and forth daily between the Port of Mobile and Wal-Mart's new supersize regional distribution center west of Mobile in the Grand Bay area.

John Sharp | Alabama Media Group (Birmingham, Ala.)
March 31, 2017