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Flora-Bama Owner: Traffic Changes Coming | WKRG

July 27, 2017

PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — It’s a choke point for traffic at the beach.  The Alabama-Florida line is a problem spot, where the Beachfront Road goes from five lanes to two, and where hundreds of customers of the Flora-Bama Lounge constantly cross the road to the establishment’s parking lot.

It’s a real mess, but changes could be on the way.

At all hours, cars zoom by Flora-Bama.

“We just have a lot of traffic in general in this area,” said Flora-Bama owner, John McInnis.

via Flora-Bama Owner: Traffic Changes Coming | WKRG.

Traffic snarled along I-10 in Mobile and Baldwin counties following fatal hit-and-run crash | AL.com

July 16, 2017

Traffic was snarled in both directions of Interstate 10 Saturday, and portions of the westbound lane was shut down following a fatal hit-and-run crash that is currently under investigation.

Daphne police reported that they just finished working the investigation, but are requesting the public’s help in locating two vehicles that were involved.

via Traffic snarled along I-10 in Mobile and Baldwin counties following fatal hit-and-run crash | AL.com.

Residents calling for new red light on Baldwin Beach Express – FOX10 News | WALA

July 04, 2017

Fox 10 News received concerns posted to our Facebook page Monday, July 03, 2017 about the intersection of County Road 64 and the Baldwin Beach Express.  Some said it’s a dangerous intersection and needs a stoplight.

“I think it’s been like two years, three years that we’ve been trying to get a red light there,” said Emily Malone.

via Residents calling for new red light on Baldwin Beach Express – FOX10 News | WALA.

Beach Express Toll Bridge Reduces Rates for Summertime Drivers | WKRG

June 29, 2017

The company that owns the toll bridge in Orange Beach has announced reduced rates for the summer season.

Rates for drivers will now be $2.75 for a one-way trip for any two axle vehicle that travels over the toll bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway.  Locals will also a reduction in the toll prices. Previously, the rate was $3.50 and it will return to this rate after Labor Day.

via Beach Express Toll Bridge Reduces Rates for Summertime Drivers | WKRG.

Tolls slashed on bridge to Alabama beaches through Labor Day | AL.com

June 28, 2017

From now through Labor Day weekend, summer travelers who take the Foley Beach Express Bridge to Orange Beach will be paying a lower toll fare.

The one-way toll was lowered Wednesday to $2.75 from the long-time $3.50. Also, the summer rate for Orange Beach residents with an electronic account will be set at $1, or $1.25 if residents pay with cash.

via Tolls slashed on bridge to Alabama beaches through Labor Day | AL.com.

Baldwin County inspects bridges for storm damage – FOX10 News | WALA

June 27, 2017

Last week’s heavy rains from Tropical Storm Cindy was the first big test for some Baldwin County bridges and culverts since the floods of 2014.  The county spent more than 18 million dollars repairing damage over the last three years.  Monday, June 26, 2017 county crews wrapped up most of their inspections, including several bridges.

via Baldwin County inspects bridges for storm damage – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gaetz touts plan to improve access to Pensacola NAS museum, cemetery

June 20, 2017

Navy leaders are looking at how to improve access to Barrancas National Cemetery, the National Naval Aviation Museum and other areas of Pensacola Naval Air Station frequently used by the general public, U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz said Monday.

Gaetz, who toured the base with Navy leaders earlier in the day, told Escambia County commissioners Monday afternoon that the Navy is looking at how to move fencing and security checkpoints to give the public access to certain areas of the base while keeping other parts of the base secure.

via Gaetz touts plan to improve access to Pensacola NAS museum, cemetery.

No Injuries After Boat Lands on I-10 | WKRG

June 17, 2017

It was a early start to the weekend traffic backup on Interstate-10 this morning.  Three vehicles collided on I-10 eastbound just past the Daphne exit at about 7 this morning.  Officials say a pickup truck towing a boat crashed into a disabled vehicle in the median.  That sent the disabled vehicle into the path of a tractor trailer which was also headed eastbound.  In the collision, the boat being towed fell of it’s trailer and came to rest on I-10.  One of the men transferring the boat said they were moving the boat from Washington State to Miami.

via No Injuries After Boat Lands on I-10 | WKRG.

Orange Beach talks transit issues | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

June 15, 2017

Orange Beach officials said they want to further consider their options on a potential transit feasibility study for a city trolley system, as they wait to see if ridesharing systems like Uber and Lyft are coming to the city.

Councilman Jeff Silvers said he wasn’t sure the city was ready to move forward with the transit system right now.

“I think we left there supportive of it, but we’re looking for the county commission’s support on it,” Silvers said. “I don’t know that if our vendors like Perdido Beach Resorts and some of our bigger venues are in support of it, so I just don’t know where we’re at. I think we need participation for this to be successful.”

via Orange Beach talks transit issues | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

ALDOT: Memorial Day traffic not bad this year – FOX10 News | WALA

May 30, 2017

Holiday travelers caused a big back up on I-10 Monday afternoon, clogging up the westbound Wallace Tunnel.

Drivers were tapping on the brakes going across the bay and through downtown Mobile around 3:00 p.m., but it didn’t take long for that traffic to clear. That’s surprising for some drivers who were expecting the interstate to be a mess after the holiday weekend.

via ALDOT: Memorial Day traffic not bad this year – FOX10 News | WALA.

New Orange Beach Road Configuration Baffles Motorists | WKRG

May 27, 2017

Traffic is pouring into Orange Beach for the holiday weekend with many motorists navigating the newly redesigned beach boulevard for the first time.

“It’s crazy,” says Janice Young. “I hate it, confusion.”

No left turns, only U-turns to get to your condo or store. “It’s a total disaster,” says Debra Golden from Auburn. “Nobody knows which way to go. Nobody knows which road to turn on, whether to go in or out. It’s just a mess.”

via New Orange Beach Road Configuration Baffles Motorists | WKRG.

Man killed in fiery crash on I-65 in Baldwin County | AL.com

May 27, 2017

A 53-year-old man was killed Friday morning when his tractor trailer struck a tree and caught fire, according to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

ALEA Spokesman Reginal King said the a single-vehicle crash reported at 4:50 a.m. claimed the life of Robert Walter Hiatt of Wilmer. He was seriously injured when the 2007 Volvo tractor trailer he was driving left the roadway and struck a tree before catching fire.

via Man killed in fiery crash on I-65 in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Uber isn’t coming to small town Alabama; company blames Huntsville and Mobile | AL.com

May 24, 2017

A statewide framework to regulate ride-sharing behemoths such as Uber and Lyft stalled last week in the Alabama Legislature, and a blame game has erupted.

Uber, through a spokeswoman, is pointing directly at Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson as the culprits for the stalled legislation, which didn’t get a final vote as the hours ticked down Friday on the legislative session.

via Uber isn’t coming to small town Alabama; company blames Huntsville and Mobile | AL.com.

Baldwin lawmakers endorse tax deal that will head off massive layoffs, school says | AL.com

May 24, 2017

Baldwin County’s state lawmakers endorsed a sales tax deal brokered in January that has been credited for thwarting massive layoffs and school closures this year.

The Baldwin delegation last week approved HB495, which rearranges the appropriation of a 1984 sales tax to give the Baldwin County Commission more money for road and bridge projects.

via Baldwin lawmakers endorse tax deal that will head off massive layoffs, school says | AL.com.

Mobile’s I-10 tunnel jam: Is there any way to avoid Memorial Day traffic woes? | AL.com

May 23, 2017

With Memorial Day weekend looming, it’s time to start the betting pool on what time on Friday eastbound I-10 traffic will begin to back up outside Mobile’s Wallace Tunnel.

If you answered “Sometime Thursday,” you’ve been through this before. And you already know the answer to the question, “Is there any way to just get around this nightmare?”

via Mobile’s I-10 tunnel jam: Is there any way to avoid Memorial Day traffic woes? | AL.com.

Turquoise Place moves forward with parking fix | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

May 18, 2017

A proposed new parking lot for Turquoise Place Condominiums in Orange Beach garnered questions and concerns from the city’s Planning Commission members during its May 8 meeting.

The proposed parking lot site, in the form of a planned unit development PUD is 625 feet east of Turquoise Place and would consist of 132 spaces for overflow parking with a gated entrance for owners and guests.

Staff said the applicants informed them a shuttle service would be provided to help get guests from the lot to Turquoise Place.

via Turquoise Place moves forward with parking fix | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Changes approved for Beach Express and County Road 20 intersection | GulfCoastNewsToday.com

May 14, 2017

FOLEY – Some changes may soon be coming to the intersection at Foley Beach Express and County Road 20. During the Foley work session on May 1, a request to receive professional funding for the technical and the survey for this project came before the council. City engineer Chad Christian spoke to the council about the importance of this project and the benefit that it would bring to the community.

via Changes approved for Beach Express and County Road 20 intersection | GulfCoastNewsToday.com.

Accident on Highway 59 in Loxley claimed the life of a Bay Minet – FOX10 News | WALA

May 09, 2017

Traffic along Highway 59 in Loxley seems to be busy and fast, according to locals.

“All the time. It’s like they’re in a hurry. They won’t slow down,” Michael Thomas said.

Around 7:20 this morning, traffic was forced to slow down and stop after a deadly crash. According to police,the driver of a 2001 Jeep was traveling southbound on Highway 59 in Loxley when he crossed over the center turning lane at the intersection of Municipal Park Drive and collided with a 2014 Hyundai Tucson. Police say 49-year-old Sarah Echols of Bay Minette was the driver of the Hyundai, and both the driver and passenger of the Jeep were airlifted to USA Medical from the scene in critical condition with multiple injuries.

via Accident on Highway 59 in Loxley claimed the life of a Bay Minet – FOX10 News | WALA.

Local Leaders Work Together for Solutions to Air Show Traffic

April 27, 2017

On Tuesday, April 25 leaders and staff from the Escambia County Commission, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Navy met to discuss the impacts on traffic from the very popular Blue Angel practices held at the National Naval Aviation Museum located on Naval Air Station Pensacola. In an effort to help alleviate traffic conditions for both air show goers and those traveling Gulf Beach Highway, the following steps will be taken:

via Local Leaders Work Together for Solutions to Air Show Traffic.

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