Category Archives: Transportation

11-Year-Old Killed, Multiple Injuries in Massive Crash on Foley Beach Express

July 16, 2016

FOLEY, AL (WKRG) — A child was killed Friday morning in a terrible car accident involving four vehicles on the Foley Beach Express in Baldwin County.

An 11-year-old was died instantly and six more were sent to the hospital after the major collision just north of Highway 98 in Foley.

via 11-Year-Old Killed, Multiple Injuries in Massive Crash on Foley Beach Express.

Kennon: Orange Beach traffic solutions closer – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Announcements

July 07, 2016

ORANGE BEACH, AL — Tony Kennon likes how the tenor of the conversation between Orange Beach officials and the Alabama Department of Transportation has seemed to change of late.

And he has a good idea why that might be.

“ALDOT is working with us like they’ve never worked with us before and I attribute that to one thing: the turnout of our citizens at town hall meetings,” Kennon said. “John Cooper, ALDOT director, was so impressed. There was 1,100 at one meeting, 700 at another meeting completely changed his way of thinking about the City of Orange Beach.

via Kennon: Orange Beach traffic solutions closer – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: Announcements.

Kennon: Serious options for a new bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 30, 2016

ORANGE BEACH — One way or another, Mayor Tony Kennon says, there’s a new bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway in the not-so-distance future.

“By the middle of July we’re going to hear back from the bridge company as to whether they are going to partner with the City of Orange Beach including building another bridge right next to the current toll bridge,” Kennon said during a state of the city presentation on June 21.

“Two lanes north, two lanes south with a reduction in the toll to $2 and $1. That’s the proposal.”

via Kennon: Serious options for a new bridge – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Talks for New Orange Beach Bridge Underway

June 22, 2016

To get to Alabama’s beaches you first have to get through bumper to bumper traffic. The main way in, a two-lane toll bridge that adds to the slow down and back up. But, maybe not for long. “We’ve started negotiations with the current bridge company that owns the toll bridge to build another bridge,” says mayor Tony Kennon. “We will partner with them but they have to reduce the toll to two dollars or one dollar.”

via Talks for New Orange Beach Bridge Underway.

Craft’s mention in blog on political corruption draws councilman’s ire – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

June 14, 2016

GULF SHORES, AL – Mayor Robert Craft was linked to what a national political blog reporter considered questionable dealings when it comes to a new road planned near the Foley Beach Express.“Mayor Craft was listed in that and it really made my blood boil,” Councilman Jason Dyken said. “There has never been an ounce of impropriety from Robert Craft as mayor or even before then. I wish the press would get it right before they publish vindictive reports that are really untrue and not factual.”In a far-reaching commentary on politics in Alabama, Paul Alexander of Huff Post Politics, concentrated mainly on the currently turmoil of Gov. Robert Bentley, House Speaker Mike Hubbard and Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore.

via Craft’s mention in blog on political corruption draws councilman’s ire – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Perdido Key Drive widening indefinitely delayed

June 09, 2016

After a decade of studies and meetings, Florida transportation officials have tabled plans to widen the main road through Perdido Key.

Studies show the road will need to be widened by 2045, but funding for design and construction is not available and the road widening is not an immediate priority, Florida Department of Transportation officials told Perdido Key residents at a public hearing Tuesday night.

via Perdido Key Drive widening indefinitely delayed.

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.

FOX10 News | WALA

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.

FOX10 News | WALA

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.

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