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County Commissioner wants BP money to finish Highway 98

MOBILE COUNTY, AL (WALA) -

Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson is asking for BP settlement money to finish upgrades to Highway 98 nicked named "Bloody 98." 

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) five people have died in the last three years in crashes along the unimproved portion. Another 72 motorists were injured. 

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"It's well past the time to do something about this treacherous section of our state's highway system," Hudson said in a press release. 

Hudson would like to see Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley to take a fraction of the state's BP settlement money to finish the two decades worth of effort to upgrade the roadway.

ALDOT officials say finishing Highway 98 is the number one priority.

Highway 98 travels through the little town of Wilmer, locals call it “Bloody 98.”

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"It's a good name for it there's been a lot of people killed on it," Wilmer resident Myra Henry said.  

The Highway 98 project was to build a new stretch of roadways from the state line to I-65 but only part of the project was completed.

Mobile County Commissioner Connie Hudson is asking Alabama Governor Bentley to prioritize funding for the completion of the highway.

Besides Hudson, other county commissioners are calling the completion of the highway urgent and a public safety issue.

Hudson is asking for the funds to be allocated to ALDOT. In a press release from the Mobile County Commission it would cost $200 million to complete the Highway 98 project.

Mobile County Press Release

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