Category Archives: Transportation

What It’s Really Like Driving to the Beach on Memorial Day Weekend

May 29, 2016

When I left my house in Mobile around 10:30 in the morning, I was hoping to beat the traffic through the tunnel. But, I was too late.

An hour and a half later, I drove over the toll bridge to Orange Beach and spent another 30 minutes trying to find a parking spot.

Finally, I made it to the beach….along with thousands of other people!

via What It’s Really Like Driving to the Beach on Memorial Day Weekend.

ALDOT ready for jam-packed roads this Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

May 28, 2016

With thousands heading to the beach for Memorial Day weekend, that means a traffic headache on the Gulf Coast. The Alabama Department of Transportation says Friday is one of the busiest traffic days of the year.

Inside the ALDOT traffic control room are more than 100 cameras, monitoring the major highways in Mobile. With so many cars on the road this weekend, ALDOT officials are keeping a closer eye out for any problems.

via ALDOT ready for jam-packed roads this Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Patrolling the Beach Express | WPMI

May 26, 2016

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — It’s only Wednesday but the beach crowd is already on the road and local law enforcement is taking what they call a “proactive step” by getting their patrols out earlier than usual.

It has to do with more and more drivers getting off State Highway 59 and discovering the Baldwin Beach Express. The focus was on the Beach Express. Every several minutes a stop and then another stop!

via Patrolling the Beach Express | WPMI.

Baldwin County Safety Blitz Targets Bad Drivers

May 26, 2016

This is your warning. If you speed, tailgate or break any other traffic laws, chances are you will get caught in Baldwin County.

“We’re trying to minimize accidents before they happen,” says deputy Shane Robinson. “It could be a tailgater. It could be somebody weaving in and out of traffic but those are the type of drivers that are likely going to cause a wreck. If not them it’s somebody else having to deal with their driving behavior.”

via Baldwin County Safety Blitz Targets Bad Drivers.

Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA

May 24, 2016

It’s National Safe Boating Week and ALEA’S Marine Patrol Troopers will be in full force this Memorial Day Weekend.

They say many people will be taking their boats out of storage and putting them in the water for the first time this year. However, if you don’t check all your safety gear before you go out, you could get pulled over.

via Operation Dry Water: What you need to know before boating Memori – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Pedestrian hit & killed in front of Flora-Bama prompts changes to dangerous Hwy | WEAR

May 20, 2016

WEAR — The Florida Department of Transportation is looking at changes on Highway 292 after a pedestrian died from injuries sustained while crossing the road over the weekend.

Flora-Bama Lounge and Oyster Bar confirmed that the pedestrian that was struck in front of their building Saturday night was one of their employees, though they would like law enforcement to release the identity.

via Pedestrian hit & killed in front of Flora-Bama prompts changes to dangerous Hwy | WEAR.

Sidewalk project rolling forward in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

May 20, 2016

GULF SHORES — While crews are still knee deep in the Gulf Shores sidewalk project from the beach road to Fort Morgan Road, plans are already being made on the second part of that project to the foot of the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

On May 9 the city council agreed to pay DMD engineering about $62,000 for the engineering on the second phase.

via Sidewalk project rolling forward in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com

May 17, 2016

affic jams at the Wallace Tunnel on Interstate 10 are no big secret to coastal Alabama motorists, and a proposed $850 million new bridge has been bantered about for years in South Alabama.

But the traffic concerns, and the proposed project aimed at fixing them, is now getting some national attention thanks to an article on The Hill which listed the I-10 Bridge as one of five transportation projects in the country that “experts believe are in dire need of repair.”

via I-10 project listed as one of ‘five emergencies’ by national website | AL.com.

Patterson calls for special session | WPMI

May 12, 2016

Alabama representative Jim Patterson is asking Governor Bentley to call a special session to further discuss the BP oil spill settlement.

Patterson says lawmakers owe it to the taxpayers to utilize all the money coming from the settlement.

He says he wants to fully fund Medicaid and repay the rainy day fund, even if it means not being able to complete the beach express in Baldwin County and Highway 98 in Mobile.

via Patterson calls for special session | WPMI.

No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA

May 05, 2016

A Bill that passed the Alabama House last week would have sent $191 million dollars to south Alabama for road improvements.  In a Senate committee, a compromise could not be reached and no vote was taken Tuesday, May 3, 2016.  Representatives from other parts of the state wanted more of the money to go to other regions.  That means Mobile and Baldwin counties won’t soon be seeing road improvements that local legislators say they’re due.

via No compromise on BP settlement Bill puts major Baldwin County ro – FOX10 News | WALA.

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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.

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