Just in time for the holiday rush, stop and go traffic on one of the busiest roadways in the state.
“Today is not so bad,” according to Tony Daganino who drove in from Atlanta.
A lot of folks are driving this holiday season thanks to lower gas prices.
via Baldwin County Travel on Thanksgiving.
“Aviation is the fastest growing industry in the world,” and just at the right time, it seems, a multi-million dollar airport expansion is underway at Jack Edwards National Airport in Gulf Shores.
“We don’t have the population to justify a large airline, but we do have a big demand for regional service,” according to airport manager Scott Fuller.
via The Sky is the Limit with Gulf Shores Airport Expansion.
GULF SHORES — When and if the newly proposed and badly needed north-south road and bridge does reach all the way to the beach, it will no doubt help with traffic in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
But until the final connection is made – and that could be a few years – Gulf Shores officials are excited about the possibilities the route offers for its nascent Business and Aviation Park near Jack Edwards National Airport.
via New bridge, road route would benefit Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Baldwin County Transportation System-or BRATS-could soon make its way down to the beach.
Local 15′s Bethany Anderson explains how Orange Beach and city officials are looking to add the county’s bus system to improve traffic flow.
via BRATS Buses May Expand Service to Beach – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
According to recent surveys conducted on behalf of Baldwin County’s coastal residents and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), the remedying of traffic woes in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach should be a top priority for state and local officials.
On ALDOT’s list of the state’s 20 busiest two-lane roads, Canal Road — with a daily average of 15,510 vehicles — ranks 18th. Coincidentally, in an unrelated, informal survey, Orange Beach residents listed traffic improvements as their second priority in a list of 10. A new bridge — either over the Intracoastal Waterway or Wolf Bay — was the second priority in a separate list.
via Orange Beach unveils proposed route of $28 million bridge – LagniappeLagniappe.
Bumper-to-bumper traffic from Pensacola Beach into Gulf Breeze is a common sight on holiday weekends or the height of the tourism season.
But is traffic congestion on the beach enough of a concern to warrant spending BP oil-spill money for a parking structure?
Prominent businessman Robert Rinke says yes.
via Parking structure for beach?.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — Not everyone is tickled about plans for a new span over the Intracoastal Waterway between Orange Beach and Gulf Shores.A one-man protest sprang up near the area where the bridge is likely to land south of the waterway in the days following the announcement.
via Will new span be a bridge to nowhere? – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
In our continuing effort to “Connect to Congress,” Local 15′s Greg Peterson caught up with Alabama Congressman Bradley Byrne Wednesday from the Capital Rotunda.
Byrne told Peterson the conversation about the I-10 Bridge over the Mobile River continues.
via Connect to Congress: Byrne Asked about Mobile River – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
(WEAR) – After last weeks severe weather, Fort Pickens Road and the Fort Pickens area will finally reopen Thursday, November 5.
Drivers are urged to use caution as sand and water remain along several stretches of the road.
via Fort Pickens Road reopens Thursday – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
The only way to describe the property and home of Tony and Pat Diliberto is unique. “Well, we’ve done a lot of work on it,” says Pat as she invites us inside. “We’ve put our heart and soul into it. Most of it Mr. D’s design.”
The walls hold the history of the family. “Everything got a story, everything came from somewhere,” says Tony. “I’m a Bama fan you can see.”
via New Baldwin Road Runs Through the Middle of Gulf Shores House.
The 200 million dollar Baldwin Beach Express North extension could be built and opened by 2020.
Construction on Phase 2, which will connect I-10 to I-65 east of the Megasite near Bay Minette will be funded with offshore oil and gas tax revenue.
via Tourists Could Help Pay For New Baldwin Beach Express.
Already being changed with the construction of a travel plaza, the intersection of Foley Beach Express and County Road 8 will soon be the starting point of a new road that will cut through forest and farmland as it heads south to the Intracoastal waterway.
“We expect to take that to contract by the middle of the year,” says Alabama Department of Transportation director, John Cooper.
via New Bridge, Road to be Built in Orange Beach.
A new road and bridge project announced by the Alabama Department of Transportation is expected to help.
A map of the new road and bridge drew quite a crowd at the Orange Beach Town Hall meeting.
“That’s the shortest part of the canal which is really good too.”
The road would start near the Foley Beach Expressway at County Road 8. A new bridge would span the intracoastal canal.
via New Bridge Announced for Pleasure Island.
The director for the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) announced during the Orange Beach Town Hall meeting, the agency would be willing to widen Canal Road and build a new toll free bridge.
The project includes adding a lane to canal and utilizing the shoulder to create two new lanes.
via Future improvements for Orange Beach to be discussed tonight – FOX10 News | WALA.
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ORANGE BEACH, AL – Longtime Orange Beach resident Cecil Young is a frequent attendee at town hall and council meetings in his town. And, more often than not, he brings out an astute comment, observation or suggestion.
For example, a couple of years ago, there was a discussion at a community center town hall meeting about a boat launch east of Caribe and south of Ono Island, one Ono Island residents have successfully fought since the late 1970s.
via Plans for new Intracoastal Waterway bridge unveiled at meeting – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Leaders in Orange Beach want you to be involved in the future of the city.
They’re holding a town hall meeting Tuesday night to discuss the needs of the community.
More than 1,400 people completes surveys on the needs of the city.
Tuesday night, residents are invited to hear about the results and discuss initiatives that are coming up.
Transportation, quality of life investment, clean beaches and spring break are a few of the key topics expected to discuss.
via Future improvements for Orange Beach to be discussed tonight – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, AL – A wide-ranging town hall meeting is set for Orange Beach on Oct. 20 at the Events Center at The Wharf.
Recently the city sent out about surveys asking citizens about what they expect out of city government on a variety of topics and received 1,400 responses.
via Orange Beach town hall meeting to discuss transportation, other issues – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
How does a quiet beachside community manage to grow, without losing its charm? People on Perdido Key will start tackling that question Monday night. It’s the first in a series of public meetings about a “Master Plan” for the key. The balance community leaders want to strike is illustrated on Johnson Beach Road, where a new luxury condo is going up right across from the Gulf Islands National Seashore.
Perdido Key is quaint and quiet. People who choose to live here like it that way. Charles Krupnick is the Vice-President of the Perdido Key Association. He said, “It’s a wonderful, less-developed area.”
via Voice your opinion on the future of Perdido Key – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
GULF SHORES, Ala, (WPMI) Close to a dozen people stopped and rushed to try and save a man who had swerved off Canal Road in Gulf Shores, his car had overturned and was sinking into the water. It happened yesterday around 2pm. Today Local 15 News James spoke to one of those people who says it was a remarkable scene of hope as so many did what had to be done for someone else.
via Strangers rush to save accident victim in Gulf Shores – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.
GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - It was a typical Thursday afternoon for real estate agent Chad Kirkland. He and his wife were heading to Orange Beach for a parent teacher conference just before 2 p.m.
That’s when the car in front of them, driven by Timothy Holley, drifted across the road, crashed into a tree and flipped into the waters of the Intracoastal Waterway.
via Good Samaritans rally to try and save man trapped in car crash – FOX10 News | WALA.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - With traffic much lighter since Labor Day, now is the time for the City of Orange Beach and the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) to make things better.
Earlier in the year, ALDOT added an additional left turn lane to Highway 161 where it meets Canal Road. The other improvement discussed at the time was extending the turn on Canal Road all the way to William Silvers Parkway.
At the same time, the city is widening William Silvers to allow for a continuous flow of traffic off of Canal down to the sports plex.
Parks and Recreation Superintendent Danny Martin said the project is necessary.
via Traffic improvements heading to Orange Beach – FOX10 News | WALA.
Almost a year and a half after unprecedented rainfall flooded in south Baldwin County.
21 and a half million dollars in road work has begun to permanently repair around 130 roads and bridges washed away or damaged.
“We made temporary repairs earlier and then we had to come back and do hydraulic studies, environmental studies and do plans and specifications and bid out that project. A lot of that hitting the ground right now,” says county engineer Cal Markert.
via $21.5 Million Road Projects Underway in Baldwin County.
Bumper to bumper, waiting and waiting.
The headache thousands of drivers were dealing with Friday afternoon, September 4, on the way to a Labor Day getaway has many saying, ‘the city can’t build the I-10 bridge soon enough.’
via Labor Day traffic makes drivers ask, when will the I-10 bridge b – FOX10 News | WALA.
Putting a gas station in the median of a busy expressway might not sound like the safest idea to Robin Lemonds.
“In the middle,” she says, “that’s crazy.”
But that’s what is happening on Foley Beach Expressway. “How are you going to get in and out of there,” Lemonds asks, “traffic is already terrible.”
via Travel Plaza Coming to Foley Beach Express.
Being a tourism magnet has proved a blessing and a curse for Orange Beach.
Development is roaring ahead. Revenues are breaking records. Condos and hotels lining the beach highway offer 9,000 rooms, and their numbers are growing.
Yet more visitors and relentless growth mean more traffic for a very small area that in essence became a man-made island, along with Gulf Shores, when the government built the Intracoastal Waterway in the 1930s.
via Booming Orange Beach longs for traffic relief | AL.com.
An overturned RV trailer stalled traffic for hours on the Bayway Friday afternoon.
The vehicle flipped over around 3PM blocking both eastbound lanes on the Bayway; forcing commuters to find alternate routes. As thousands of people sat in traffic hours, George Korones and his family were inside of the RV trailer.
“We’re very lucky,” he said.
via Overturned RV Stalls Traffic on Bayway, Accident Victim Speaks Out – WPMI – LOCAL 15.
Turning left onto Highway 59 in Gulf Shores without a light can be tricky, especially if traffic is heavy.
And by next year, there will be a number of places along the road to the beach where that will no longer be possible.
via Gulf Shores prepares for renovation to sidewalks, roadways – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News | WALA
Battling to ease beach traffic congestion, Gulf Shores and the state highway department will team up again this fall and next year for projects on Alabama 59, between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.
via Bumper to bumper at the beach: Gulf Shores pushing to improve traffic flow | AL.com.
Safety concerns have prompted the Foley City Council to approve the installation of two new stop signs at one intersection.
During last Monday’s meeting, the council approved changing the intersection of South Poplar Street and Orange Avenue from a two-way to a four-way intersection.
via Safety concerns spawn two new stop signs at Foley intersection – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL — If Orange Beach residents are really concerned about the traffic woes the tourist season brings, Mayor Tony Kennon says there is something they can do about it.
via Orange Beach mayor calls on citizens to take action on traffic – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.