September 04, 2019. Prichard, Alabama.
Mayor Jimmie Gardner issued the following statement as a response to City Council member Lorenzo Martin’s (Prichard – District 1) suggestion to toll Highway 158 in order to finance unfunded improvement projects for US Highway 45.
Mayor Gardner: “When the MPO made the decision to remove the Bridge Project from the list of our priorities, I stated that I was happy with the decision, because tolls negatively impact the citizens of Prichard. Nothing has changed between the time I made my original statement and now. I understand Councilman Martin’s desire to find a funding source to support Hwy 45 projects; however, placing financial pain on any of our citizens is not an acceptable option.”