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U.S. Senate hopeful Britt: If Biden infrastructure bill were a true infrastructure package, ‘I-10 bridge would be number one on the list’

Although it has not been a front-burner issue since Gov. Kay Ivey abruptly ended the Alabama Department of Transportation’s push to construct a new I-10 Mobile River bridge connecting Mobile and Baldwin Counties, Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Katie Britt insists it will be a priority should she be elected to the Senate next year.

During an interview with Mobile radio FM Talk 106.5’s “The Jeff Poor Show,” Britt criticized the so-called infrastructure package with a $1.5 trillion price tag signed into law by President Joe Biden earlier this week.

She said had it been a “true infrastructure package,” the I-10 bridge would have been included in the Biden legislation.

“If this were a true infrastructure package, the I-10 bridge would be number one on the list,” she said. “I mean, number one on the list. What we are seeing in D.C. is disgusting. That is not a true infrastructure package. It is the left pushing us further toward socialism that is chocked full of policies that will change the fabric of this nation, and I am incredibly disappointed that it has passed.”

“If that were real infrastructure, we would be there,” Britt continued. “As your next senator, the I-10 bridge will be a top priority of mine. There is no way, first off — and you’re right, the federal government has a role to play here. And if we are able to work to get the kind of role we need to, and we work on local, state and federal communication, and working together, then we’ll be able to do it in a way my goal would be to do that with no toll. What were have — you cannot get from Texas to Florida without coming right across the I-10 bridge, right? You can’t do it.”

“Look at the growth that we are experiencing in Mobile,” she added. “In 2016, Mobile was named the fastest-growing container port in the nation. As we continue to deepen and widen the port, and that project comes to fruition, and we have the roll-on, roll-off facilities, we’re going to see continued growth down there in Mobile and that entire region, and that’s good for the whole state.”

@Jeff_Poor is a graduate of Auburn University and the University of South Alabama, the editor of Breitbart TV, a columnist for Mobile’s Lagniappe Weekly, and host of Mobile’s “The Jeff Poor Show” from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on FM Talk 106.5.