After dealing with 16 months of work and 10 months of using a temporary span, Gulf Shores residents and visitors should be happy to hear the new bridge over Little Lagoon Pass is scheduled to reopen this week.
The $12.1 million Alabama Department of Transportation project replaced the old Lee Callaway Bridge and roughly doubled the width of the pass to 80 feet, with the construction of a concrete seawall.
via New Little Lagoon Pass bridge to open this week in Gulf Shores | AL.com.
School-age children will play an important role when it comes to honoring military veterans Saturday with the unveiling of Baldwin County’s first “Blue Star Memorial Highway” plaque, an event organizer said Wednesday.
Children who attend the ceremony will be given a ribbon to inscribe a veterans’ name on and will be asked to step forward and place the ribbons on a special photograph that will be featured during a dedication ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Daphne.
via Military veterans to be honored during Saturday dedication ceremony of Baldwin County’s first ‘Blue Star Memorial Highway’ | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL — City and state officials could have a ribbon cutting on the new bridge over Little Lagoon as early as April 20, according to Grant Brown, spokesman for the City of Gulf Shores.
There was hope of an earlier opening date, but the recent rainy weather pushed the date back from April 17 to April 20. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony is planned.
via Ribbon cutting for new Little Lagoon bridge moved to April 20 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
FOLEY, AL (WALA) - For the most part, drivers in Baldwin County weren’t too adversely impacted by the rain Sunday night and Monday morning. However, those who routinely take County Road 20 heading west from Highway 59 got a bit of a surprise.
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State transportation officials are moving ahead with studying whether a toll system is feasible for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge.
The Alabama Department of Transportation has contracted with Illinois-based CDM Smith Inc. to look at various tolling scenarios to help state officials determine whether the pay-to-use system is feasible.
via ALDOT to analyze feasibilty of tolling I-10 Bridge | AL.com.
GULF SHORES, AL – City and state officials could have a ribbon cutting on the new bridge over Little Lagoon as early as April 17, according to Brian Aaron of the Alabama Department of Transportation.
“If everything goes well and the weather cooperates with us, we’re planning on opening the bridge to traffic April 17,” Aaron said. “That’s what we’re shooting for right now. We’re putting the finishing touches up on everything this week. We should be paving this week.”
via Little Lagoon bridge opening planned for April 17 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
GULF SHORES, AL – A wreck at the busy beach road intersection injured only the driver in an accident that saw a southbound car travel across the northbound lanes and into a telephone pole.
“The driver had a medical emergency,” Lt. Jeff Kinsey of Gulf Shores Fire and Rescue said. “The car crossed into uncoming traffic lanes and fortunately there were no cars coming or anybody standing on the corner.”
via One injured in single car crash in Gulf Shores – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
SUMMERDALE, Ala. — A Wednesday morning crash at the intersection of County Road 32 and the Baldwin Beach Express late Wednesday morning has sent one person to a local hospital.
An officer at the scene said two cars collided at the intersection — where a traffic signal was recently installed because of a high rate of accidents — after one motorist traveling west on 32 struck a vehicle moving south on the Beach Express.
via Wreck on Baldwin Beach Express sends one to the hospital – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
ORANGE BEACH, AL (WALA) - Work is beginning on a heavily traveled thoroughfare in southern Baldwin County in preparation for the summer beach season.
The intersection of Alabama Highway 161 and Canal Road in Orange Beach can get busy on a normal day, but especially when plenty people are heading for the the surf and sand.
The Alabama Department of Transportation, or ALDOT, said it has just started work to add a left turn lane on Highway 161 northbound for motorists heading west onto Canal, which is also known as Highway 180.
Kathryn Hamlett, ALDOT’S Community Relations Director, said, “Right now, there’s only one turn lane, and, so, we’re adding a second one, and, to go with that on 180, we’re widening for the length of about 1500 feet to give that extra turn lane time to merge with the main line traffic.”
ALDOT officials hope to have the work done by Memorial Day.
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via Busy road in Baldwin County being expanded – FOX10 News | WALA.
The state highway department’s review of traffic plans for the proposed 37-story Ascension and 36-story Grace condominium towers in Orange Beach has delayed the City Council’s vetting of the project.
In January, the Orange Beach Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend council approval of the master plan and the preliminary planned unit development zoning for what could become the second- and fourth-tallest buildings in Alabama.
via Traffic study delays Orange Beach council review of proposed 36- and 37-story condo towers | AL.com.
ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WPMI) Work has begun to improve traffic flow on the intersection of Highway 161 and Canal Road.
“It’s really busy here, it’s been busy in the last three weeks, it’s increased drastically,” said one Orange Beach resident.
With the extra visitors in town, traffic backs up on this intersection easily. Cars line up and wait for a chance to turn left.
via Work Begins on Canal Road – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.
Progress to an I-10 bridge has moved about as fast as Wallace Tunnel traffic at rush hour, but Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson says the pace is picking up now that Mobile is getting national recognition for its traffic jam headaches.
Stimpson just met with nine other leaders and 19 investors in Washington D.C. to talk about funding for the billion dollar project.
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via Mobile Mayor: I-10 Bridge project “picking up the pace” – FOX10 News | WALA.
FOX10 News is continuing to follow efforts to build a new I-10 bridge over the Mobile River. An Alabama senator said a bill that could provide a source of funding is expected to come up in the legislature Wednesday.
We first told you about this bill in a special report in December. One of the biggest questions involving the new bridge is how to pay for it. State Senator Arthur Orr of Decatur has proposed a bill that would set up what’s called an infrastructure bank. It would help pay for the new span, and other road projects around the state.
via Bill that could help fund new Mobile bridge in legislature – FOX10 News | WALA.
Expect to see a new stoplight on the Baldwin Beach Express soon. It’ll be going up at the intersection of the Express and County Road 32 in Summerdale.
This Monday crews were putting down cones, and setting up signs to warn drivers about the construction. Baldwin County Engineers say the number of accidents around the intersection warranted a new light, according to state regulations.
via New Signal Going Up on Baldwin Beach Express.
ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — A two-car accident at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90 and the Baldwin Beach Express in Robertsdale claimed the life of a Summerdale woman on Thursday.
Betty Kendrick, 80, of Summerdale, was air-lifted to USA Medical Center where she was pronounced dead. Her husband, Calvin Grelon Kendrick, 91, was transported, also by helicopter, to Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, where he was listed in critical condition on Friday, said Lt. Rex Bishop, chief investigator with the Robertsdale Police Department.
via Wreck on Beach Express in Robertsdale claims life of Summerdale woman – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
Saving the tree tunnel in southeastern Baldwin County will cost taxpayers an extra $10,000 to $15,000, County Engineer Cal Markert said Tuesday.
Markert said he will come before the County Commission during next week’s work session to request a change order to an estimated $500,000 contract to pave approximately one mile of dirt road southeast of Elberta.
via Saving the tree tunnel near Elberta will cost Baldwin County taxpayers | AL.com.
Spanning just over six miles, it’s one of the longest bridges in the nation. It took about two years to build and it’s taken about the same amount of time to plan for renovations. With funding now in place, pieces are being moved into place this week to start.
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via Major overhaul to begin on 35 year-old delta bridge – FOX10 News | WALA.
DAPHNE, AL (WALA) -
When you talk with folks in Baldwin County who drive the I-10 bridge on a regular basis, they’ll tell you any improvement is a big deal.
“This is the most important economic development project probably in the State of Alabama and in the Southeast,” business owner Kevin Spriggs said.
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via Prelim design process for proposed I-10 bridge project released – FOX10 News | WALA.
City and county officials in the Eastern Shore are hoping that the Alabama Department of Transportation is willing to contribute half of the costs toward a new traffic signal program aimed as moving vehicles more efficiently through congested roads in Daphne, Spanish Fort and Fairhope.
via Eastern Shore communities waiting on ALDOT before decision is made on new traffic light technology | AL.com.
Fueled by $86,000 in federal urban transit funds, Orange Beach has agreed to support a study looking at the feasibility of a seasonal beach trolley system that would link up coastal communities in Alabama and Florida.
The city is part of the Pensacola, Florida-Alabama Urbanized Area and Escambia County, Fla., will administer the funds that are designated for transportation-related planning with no local, out-of-pocket costs. The Baldwin County Commission as well as the Gulf Shores City Council have also pledged their support.
The transit study will look at the feasibility of establishing a seasonal beach trolley loop connecting the Alabama-Florida state line with Gulf Shores along the beach highway.
via Would you ride a beach trolley? Orange Beach teams up with Florida county for feasibility study | AL.com.
Baldwin County Commissioners defended the newly opened 12.8-mile stretch of the Baldwin Beach Express Tuesday, with at least one commissioner saying that other roads – namely, state highways – represent a greater danger to the public.
Other commissioners said the motoring public needs to be cognizant of traffic safety laws and obey them.
via In defense of the Baldwin Beach Express: County Commissioners swat back at criticism that road is dangerous | AL.com.
Alabama Department of Transportation crews are steadily upgrading intersections on the U.S. Highway 98 corridor. The intersection at Morphy Avenue is the fourth to get the new light. “The flashing yellow arrow is the new federal standard so on new construction projects we will install flashing yellows,” says ALDOT engineer Matt Ericksen.
via So Far, So Good with New Traffic Signals.
Transportation planners are charged with developing and updating bicycle and pedestrian plans on their roadways. Baldwin County’s Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization recently completed the first of its kind plan for the Daphne-Spanish Fort-Fairhope area.
via A new bicycling plan for the Eastern Shore surfaces amid skepticism from motorists and government officials | AL.com.
MOBILE, Ala. – Baldwin County residents will be among the first people in Alabama to use a new traffic signal, the “flashing yellow arrow.” Work began Tuesday morning on the traffic control system designed to meet latest federal traffic control standards.
via Work underway in Baldwin on new federal standard turn signals – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
The Baldwin County Commission, aware that the intersection of the Express with County Road 32 has led to some devastating crashes, unanimously approved a competitive bid process for installing a new, hurricane-proof traffic signal. The approximately $200,000 project includes the installation of traffic poles and lights on a permanent display that will replace temporary traffic lights that are hanged on wiring.
via Amid concerns about mounting crashes, Baldwin County officials endorse new traffic light at Baldwin Beach Express and County Road 32 | AL.com.
New Orleans, LA - A federal judge has determined that 3.19 million barrels of oil was discharged into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 as a result of a rig explosion at BP’s Macondo well. This is less than government estimates of about 4.2 million, but more than the 2.4 million barrel figure BP had argued for. Thursday’s finding by U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sets the stage for next week’s trial to determine BP’s Clean Water Act penalties.
via BP May Have To Pay More Money In Penalties
When Guy and Kate Rogers of Dallas arrived at Pensacola International Airport on Thursday afternoon, they expected to take a taxi and head to the hotel. Instead, they chose to relax at the newly opened Pensacola Beach House bar and wait the hour it would take for family members on another flight to arrive.
via Pre-security Pensacola airport concessions open.
New signals with the flashing yellow arrow will be installed at 17 intersections in Baldwin County on US 98, from the Patrician Drive and Bass Pro Drive intersections in Spanish Fort to the County Road 32 intersection in Fairhope as part of recently adopted Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) federal guidelines
via US 98 in Baldwin getting new federal standard traffic turn signals – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.
SUMMERDALE, Ala. (WALA) – A dangerous intersection in Baldwin County will soon get a traffic light. That intersection is County Road 32 and the Baldwin Beach Express. Officials say there have been nine accidents there since the expressway opened and most could have been avoided with a traffic light. “The drivers are coming up to the stop sign. They’re looking left and right and then they’re proceeding through, but they’re not realizing that it’s a large intersection and as they proceed through the traffic catches up to them that is headed north and south,” said Summerddale Police Chief, Jimmy Davis.
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Shattered pieces of cars and skid marks have become all too familiar sights at the intersection of the Baldwin Express on County Road 32. ”Most of your drivers going East and West feel drivers North and South have to yield to them as well and it’s not the case,” says Summerdale Police Chief Jimmy Davis.
via Another Baldwin Crash, Traffic Light Months Away