Category Archives: Transportation

BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA

May 04, 2016

A bill that would have sent part of the oil spill settlement money to the coast and would have provided money for Medicaid appears to be dead in a Senate committee.

During the Senate committee meeting Tuesday, Sen. Arthur Orr (R – Senate District 3) introduced legislation that would have drastically lowered the amount of money going to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

via BP oil spill settlement bill dead in Senate committee – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin officials debate which road projects will get BP money | AL.com

May 01, 2016

A potential infusion of BP money for coastal road projects might help pay for the widening of Canal Road in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores or Ala. 181 in Daphne south toward U.S. 98. But a proponent of the House bill, approved late Thursday, says the money remains dedicated for its original intent: An extension of the Baldwin Beach Express and the construction of a U.S. 98 express route from Bayou La Batre to Semmes.

via Baldwin officials debate which road projects will get BP money | AL.com.

Closing State Park Road 2 a good thing? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 30, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – There’s no denying the abrupt, without-warning closure of State Park Road 2 in Gulf State Park came as a shock to local officials.

“I am upset that we are here,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft. “Closing State Park Road 2 is going to make our traffic worse. And it’s not just going to make it worse for us, it’s going to make it worse for our guests, too.”

via Closing State Park Road 2 a good thing? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Closing State Park Road 2 a good thing? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 29, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – There’s no denying the abrupt, without-warning closure of State Park Road 2 in Gulf State Park came as a shock to local officials.

“I am upset that we are here,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft. “Closing State Park Road 2 is going to make our traffic worse. And it’s not just going to make it worse for us, it’s going to make it worse for our guests, too.”

via Closing State Park Road 2 a good thing? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Upgrades coming to toll booths on Foley Beach Express – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 23, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – The second phase of plaza improvements at the Beach Express Bridge will be available starting May 6.

Improvements will include expanded use with our new Beach Express Go Tag in all lanes, dedicated express lanes for Beach Express Go customers and advanced traffic monitoring which will result in improved service to our valued customers.

via Upgrades coming to toll booths on Foley Beach Express – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Major resurfacing project set to begin this summer on Highway 90 in Robertsdale – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 20, 2016

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — A major resurfacing project will close at least one lane of traffic along U.S. Highway 90 from Highway 59 in Robertsdale to the Florida state line for up to six months beginning this summer, according to officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation.

via Major resurfacing project set to begin this summer on Highway 90 in Robertsdale – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Gulf State Park closes cut through road, caught city off guard – FOX10 News | WALA

April 20, 2016

Some of you in southern Baldwin County may have noticed a popular cut through at the beach is now closed and it’s not expected to reopen.

Gulf Shores Mayor, Robert Craft says he wasn’t told about it, and now worries what it could do to traffic in the area. State Park Road 2 cuts straight through Gulf State Park, and runs parallel to Highway 135. Both help you get from Orange Beach to Gulf Shores and vice versa. That’s all changed now, and many are in disagreement about how much good it’s going to do.

via Gulf State Park closes cut through road, caught city off guard – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Mayor is one of the first to get look at four-laned Canal Road – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 19, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Sometimes when one door opens, another one closes.

In Gulf Shores and Orange Beach one traffic change has opened up – two westward lanes on Canal Road – and another has closed – beach access through Gulf State Park via State Park Road 2.

While the Canal Road project is being met with glee and much anticipation in Orange Beach, over in Gulf Shores the impact of losing a straight shot to the campground from Fort Morgan Road is being met less enthusiastically.

via Mayor is one of the first to get look at four-laned Canal Road – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Memo from Boston firm first hint of state park road closure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 19, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – A memo from someone who works in an office in Boston was able to shut down a well-used north-south artery through Gulf State Park at a moment’s notice.

“I had no idea they were going to close that road,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said. “And neither did our police or fire or anybody knew until I got a text from the folks at the state park at 6:30 yesterday morning. The road was closed sometime around 6 o’clock.

“We did not know.”

via Memo from Boston firm first hint of state park road closure – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Why toll roads and bridges are making a coastal Alabama comeback | AL.com

April 17, 2016

Alabama once sold roosters to finance a bridge, so it might not seem so out of the ordinary for transportation officials to turn to tolls for big-ticket projects.

In the next few years, tolls may play a crucial role funding major roadwork in Mobile and Baldwin counties, where rapid coastal growth is fueling congestion.

via Why toll roads and bridges are making a coastal Alabama comeback | AL.com.

Perdido bridge work coming up

April 14, 2016

he Theo Baars Bridge in Perdido Key will experience intermittent lane closures overnight from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, with alternating east and westbound lane closures.

During this time, the Florida Department of Transportation will be restriping the outside lines and adding a bike symbol in the bike lane, better defining the lane and improving safety for bicyclists crossing the bridge.

via Perdido bridge work coming up.

Transportation series: What’s wrong on Pleasure Island? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – When it comes to what’s wrong with transportation on Pleasure Island and the resort towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it’s pretty simple.

There are only two north-south roads and only two east-west roads. And when you cram 100,000 people or more all trying to move about between the two cities chaos can erupt.

The problems are exacerbated on check out days or Saturday and Sunday mornings in the busy season.

via Transportation series: What’s wrong on Pleasure Island? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Fairhope leaders try to ease parking problems – FOX10 News | WALA

April 11, 2016

FAIRHOPE, AL (WALA) - Downtown Fairhope is usually bustling with activity. And, parking spots can be at a premium.

City leaders have been looking at ways to alleviate the problem.

They are looking for ways to encourage more merchants and students from nearby Faulkner State to use the Fairhope parking garage in an effort to alleviate some street-level parking congestion.

via Fairhope leaders try to ease parking problems – FOX10 News | WALA.

Orange Beach road takes a turn to the left – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 09, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – Say you’re leaving your Bluewater condo after a week of enjoying beautiful, white beaches and surf.

Packed up and loaded, you head east to Alabama 161 to make a left turn north to connect to Canal Road to connect to the Foley Beach Express Bridge.

Under a plan proposed by the Alabama Department of Transportation and designed by Gonzalez-Strength and Associates and Skipper Consulting, you won’t be able to make that turn.

And planners and government officials say that’s not a bad thing.

via Orange Beach road takes a turn to the left – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

‘We will be blocked for hours’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment

April 09, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL  – Taking away the center turn late from the east footing of the Perdido Pass Bridge to the state line is not a popular idea among residents and property owners.

It is currently included in an Alabama Department of Transportation proposal for safety and landscaping enhancements along Alabama 182 or beach road.

“If you’ve never lived on Perdido Pass east you cannot respect what happens every weekend, and every project the Flora-Bama has,” resident Gary Malin said.

via ‘We will be blocked for hours’ – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Arts & Entertainment.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tosses support behind BP settlement for roads | AL.com

April 09, 2016

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Friday that he will support legislation that funnels millions of dollars of BP oil spill settlement money for road projects.

Bentley, in Mobile to sign legislation for industrial tax credits, praised efforts that would divert a substantial chunk of the $1 billion settlement for the expensive U.S. 98 and Baldwin Beach Express extensions in South Alabama.

via Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley tosses support behind BP settlement for roads | AL.com.

Multiple crashes into Spanish Fort businesses prompts ALDOT to install barriers | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI

March 30, 2016

Spanish Fort, Ala. (WPMI) ALDOT officials are looking to put up barriers along the Highway 31 and 98 intersections in Spanish Fort after two different drivers plowed into a shopping plaza.

Spanish Fort Police said the first crash happened at Edward Jones Investments on March 11 around 12 a.m. The driver, Paul White, 41, of Spanish Fort was arrested and charged with DUI.

via Multiple crashes into Spanish Fort businesses prompts ALDOT to install barriers | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WPMI.

Major Changes To Main Highway In Orange Beach

March 30, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL- The Alabama Dept. of Transportation will spend 20 million dollars on a median improvements and beautification project in Orange Beach.

When Phase 1 is finished, the project will transform Perdido Beach Boulevard from five lanes of asphalt to a landscaped, highway with a median.

The median will eliminate random left turns and only allow drivers to turn at newly designed and controlled traffic signals.

via Major Changes To Main Highway In Orange Beach.

Amtrak passenger service on track for rail service across Gulf Coast | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR

March 28, 2016

Five weeks ago, an Amtrak inspection train rolled across south Mississippi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

On Wednesday, officials met in Biloxi to move forward plans of restoring passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast from New Orleans to Orlando, Florida.

via Amtrak passenger service on track for rail service across Gulf Coast | News, Weather, Sports, Breaking News | WEAR.

New waterway bridge effort stalls – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

March 18, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL – After much hope and hoopla surrounding the announcement of a new bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway between Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, it appears now that plan is in jeopardy.

“We have just not moved forward on any kind of bridge discussion,” Vince Calametti, Southwest Alabama Region Engineer for ALDOT, said.

But, says Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

“I think it’s a good thing,” Kennon said. “Having said that, any bridge is better than no bridge. The option to the west is just not a desirable option for Orange Beach.”

via New waterway bridge effort stalls – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

$439 million in BP settlement money could go back to Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA

March 08, 2016

A bill gaining traction in the Alabama Senate could bring BP settlement money back to the Alabama Gulf Coast, and it would be used for three major highway expansions.

Senate Bill 267 proposes to reallocate $439 million from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Settlement to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

via $439 million in BP settlement money could go back to Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Baldwin County 20 improvements completed thanks to Baldwin County/Foley partnership – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

February 25, 2016

Before recent improvements, the section of County Road 20 connecting Alabama Highway 59 to South Hickory Street was a narrow two-lane road. It presented challenging conditions for those who drove, walked and biked along it daily. Improvements completed early this year that include wider lanes, a turn lane, improved drainage and new sidewalks have made this corridor much easier to travel, thanks to a successful partnership between Baldwin County and Foley and funding provided by a federal grant.

via Baldwin County 20 improvements completed thanks to Baldwin County/Foley partnership – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

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