Category Archives: Transportation

Booming Orange Beach longs for traffic relief | AL.com

August 15, 2015

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.

Overturned RV Stalls Traffic on Bayway, Accident Victim Speaks Out – WPMI – LOCAL 15

August 15, 2015

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.

Safety concerns spawn two new stop signs at Foley intersection – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 12, 2015

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 mayor calls on citizens to take action on traffic – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

August 07, 2015

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.

“I’m at my frustration point with people demanding action and no one willing to take action,” Kennon said. “It’s time for folks in Orange Beach, if they are so tired of traffic, for them to stand up and start fighting alongside of us and stop waving at us as we charge up the hill leading the battle. It’s time for somebody to come with us.”

via Orange Beach mayor calls on citizens to take action on traffic – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Orange Beach Growing Pains and Solutions?

August 05, 2015

Looking around Orange Beach, the signs of growth are almost everywhere. From the latest hotel going up on the beach, to the number of people enjoying the sand and surf, to the amount of cars on local roadways.

“The genie is out of the bottle and it’s very hard to put em back in. So we’ve got to figure out something,” says Orange Beach mayor Tony Kennon.

via Orange Beach Growing Pains and Solutions?.

Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA

August 04, 2015

The special session of the Alabama Legislature begins Monday, talking about tax hikes.

But FOX10 News is keeping a close eye on one special session issue of great importance to our area: What will happen to the more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP?

Governor Robert Bentley and lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin County have very different ideas on where the money should go, but is there room for compromise?

via Lawmakers to take up BP settlement, tax hikes in special session – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Daphne joins Uber debate in Baldwin County; mayor says treat it like taxi service | AL.com

August 04, 2015

Uber has stirred up concerns in another Baldwin County city, following the ridesharing service’s introduction to the Mobile Bay area over the last two months.

Daphne Mayor Dane Haygood said he’s received reports that Uber drivers are servicing the Eastern Shore and he encouraged the council during Monday night’s meeting to begin addressing the issue through the Ordinance Committee.

via Daphne joins Uber debate in Baldwin County; mayor says treat it like taxi service | AL.com.

Taren It Up: Colorful, Creative Bike Racks in Daphne – WPMI – LOCAL 15

August 03, 2015

If you drive through downtown Daphne you’ll notice a lot of changes, new things, like a few colorful creations that line the sidewalks. There are three sets of bike racks along Main Street, and one more is on the way.

If you’ve seen them then you know it’s a little different from the traditional bike rack. And it’s all thanks to a partnership with Daphne and a local artist.

via Taren It Up: Colorful, Creative Bike Racks in Daphne – WPMI – LOCAL 15.

State’s golf cart laws explained to Magnolia Spring council – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

July 31, 2015

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS — Golf cart traffic on the streets of Magnolia Springs has residents concerned about the safety of those traveling in the small vehicles, as well as the legality of their mode of transportation.

The topic was placed on the agenda for Tuesday’s Magnolia Springs Town Council meeting after law enforcement recently received numerous complaints about motorists driving golf carts on the town’s roads.

via State’s golf cart laws explained to Magnolia Spring council – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Driving around the unfamiliar: Large roundabout opening in Daphne next month | AL.com

July 29, 2015

Dr. Angie Truett of the Jubilee Pet Hospital is eager to see the motorists return to Baldwin 13 and 64 near Daphne, but she has concerns.The intersection, which is a stone’s throw from the 9-year-old pet hospital, will reopen with a much different configuration than when it closed on March 16.

via Driving around the unfamiliar: Large roundabout opening in Daphne next month | AL.com.

What do Uber, honeybees and hens have in common in Fairhope? | AL.com

July 25, 2015

With an eye on keeping Fairhope a forward-thinking city, Councilwoman Diana Brewer has put a few discussion points on Monday’s work session agenda, covering Uber, honeybees and egg-laying hens.

Uber is fast becoming a hot topic in the coastal region, with Mobile agreeing to allow the ride-sharing service to compete with traditional cabs and Orange Beach raising concerns about Uber drivers operating without business licenses.

via What do Uber, honeybees and hens have in common in Fairhope? | AL.com.

Baldwin commuters react to ALDOT design team announcement for I- – FOX10 News | WALA

July 24, 2015

The announcement Thursday, July 23, 2015 by the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) that they’d selected Mobile-based Thompson Engineering as their design group marked another milestone in the efforts to build an I-10 bridge over the Mobile River.  Thousands of motorists commute daily from Baldwin County and have to deal with the traffic nightmare of backed up traffic caused by the Wallace Tunnel.

Most motorists who travel across Mobile Bay regularly from Baldwin County think it should have been done a long time ago.  Ben Trione travels it up to five times per week.

“I think it should have been done 15 years ago, but we need it.  It needs to be done.  If we started today, what’s it going to take…10, 12 years?  Like I say, I may not get to use it,” Trione said.

via Baldwin commuters react to ALDOT design team announcement for I- – FOX10 News | WALA.

2014 Boating Accidents, Where and Why They Happened – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 22, 2015

Local 15 news has been digging into boat accident data just released by the U.S. Coast Guard. We wanted to see where the most accidents happen in our area and what causes them. Local 15′s Andrea Ramey investigates in this Reality Check.

In 2014, 21 boating accidents with injuries or at least $2,000 in damage happened in Mobile and Baldwin Counties.  One third of those accidents happened in Orange Beach, which does not surprise Sgt. Rich Nolte.

“We have a heavy amount of boat traffic in this area, and a large amount of that boat traffic are people who are tourists,” said Sgt. Nolte.

via 2014 Boating Accidents, Where and Why They Happened – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

$3.3 million traffic light improvement project set for vote by t – FOX10 News | WALA

July 22, 2015

Five-year-old Alexis spent Tuesday morning playing at the newly renovated splash pad in Fairhope under the watchful gaze of her grandmother, Sue Collins.But getting to and from there took time. And Collins has noticed over the last several years that getting anywhere on the Eastern Shore is taking longer and longer.

via $3.3 million traffic light improvement project set for vote by t – FOX10 News | WALA.

FOX10 News | WALA

Diverging diamond interchange at Ala. 181 emerges as a top priority as ALDOT explores exotic design | AL.com

July 18, 2015

A group of Eastern Shore elected officials could elevate an exotic redesign of the Ala. 181 interchange at Interstate 10 as a top priority for spending next year.

The Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization, which oversees the planning of transportation projects financed with federal money, is awaiting cost estimates from the Alabama Department of Transportation for recreating the busy intersection as a diverging diamond interchange.

via Diverging diamond interchange at Ala. 181 emerges as a top priority as ALDOT explores exotic design | AL.com.

Orange Beach mayor, sick of clogged traffic, talks building halt | AL.com

July 18, 2015

With condominium development pressing on the beach and new residential projects dotting its back-bay areas, Orange Beach has reached a tipping point, according to Mayor Tony Kennon.

Unless the city gets traffic relief, he said, “We’re really going to have to start considering a building moratorium of some kind.

“He said that the summer gridlock is putting the city’s quality of life under siege.

via Orange Beach mayor, sick of clogged traffic, talks building halt | AL.com.

BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 15, 2015

Several restoration projects along Alabama’s Gulf Coast might have to be scaled back.  While the state was awarded 2.3 billion dollars from the oil spill, only 25 percent will go towards Gulf communities.

In Baldwin and Mobile counties, that figure ball-parks to around 20 million dollars this year.

via BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Traffic gridlock sparks talk of Wolf Bay bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 25, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL — They are coming and coming and coming. And they are going to keep coming.

And there is going to be more of them coming as more places for them to stay on Pleasure Island continue be built and more ball fields to host more games are on drawing boards in Orange Beach and Foley.

via Traffic gridlock sparks talk of Wolf Bay bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Does Gulf Shores need more crosswalks? – FOX10 News | WALA

June 24, 2015

When summer rolls around, you can expect a constant flow of cars heading down Highway 59 to get to the beach and traveling along beach boulevard once they arrive.

And while there certainly are crosswalks available, it didn’t take more than five minutes for FOX10 News to spot several people on West Beach Boulevard who decided to jay walk instead.

via Does Gulf Shores need more crosswalks? – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin Beach Express, Quickest Way to the Beach | WKRG

June 20, 2015

Friday afternoon and you can’t get to the beach fast enough but traffic seems to stop and go and then stop some more. “No brainer,” says Doug Hanson, “stay off 59. Especially this time of year.”

For 12 thousand motorists a day the Baldwin Beach Express is the answer. Jamie Garcich is one of them. “Very smooth, quick. I come work out here a lot and get here fast.”

via Baldwin Beach Express, Quickest Way to the Beach | WKRG.

Speed limit could be lowered on Magnolia Springs Highway – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 12, 2015

MAGNOLIA SPRINGS — The Magnolia Springs Town Council is considering lowering the speed limit on Magnolia Springs Highway within the town’s limits.

Council member Bob Holk originally suggested driving the speed limit on that section of roadway from 35 to 25 miles-per-hour, but the council later decided to study dropping it to 30 miles-per-hour.

via Speed limit could be lowered on Magnolia Springs Highway – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Baldwin Beach Express A Success

May 30, 2015

About 4,000 cars traveled the Baldwin Beach Express each day when it opened last July.

In the fall, the average, daily traffic count was 7,000 cars. Now, more than 12,000 vehicles use the highway each day.

Traffic will only increase. The Baldwin County Highway Dept. says within the next two or three years, as many as 20,000 cars could use the Baldwin Beach Express on a daily basis.

via Baldwin Beach Express A Success.

Gulf Shores Working on Sidewalks for Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

May 29, 2015

The process to put in more sidewalks along Gulf Shores is underway following the accident that killed a bicyclist and injured another.

According to Gulf Shores officials, the city will use grant funding to install sidewalks along Highway 59 later this season.

“Sidewalks can be tricky because there’s infrastructure that you have to take into account,” Public Works Director, Mark Acreman said. “You have to consider traffic and weather conditions as well, so it’s kind of a juggling act,” he said.

via Gulf Shores Working on Sidewalks for Pedestrian, Bicyclist Safety – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

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