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Governor, lawmakers to unveil bipartisan bid to create uniform rules for Uber, Lyft in Alabama – Yellowhammer News

January 11, 2018

Gov. Kay Ivey and a pair of legislators today will unveil plans for statewide regulation of ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft, which currently operate under a hodgepodge of local rules.

State Sen. Bobby Singleton (D-Greensboro), Rep. David Faulkner (R-Mountain Brook) and supporters plan an 11 a.m. news conference at the Alabama State House in Montgomery to discuss a soon-to-be introduced bipartisan bill that would set statewide rules to regulate ride-sharing companies. The legislation would put the Public Service Commission in charge of overseeing the industry in Alabama.

Currently, Alabama is one of just six states that do not have statewide regulations for ride-sharing companies.

via Governor, lawmakers to unveil bipartisan bid to create uniform rules for Uber, Lyft in Alabama – Yellowhammer News.

Florida-Alabama transportation planners set pedestrian/bicycle workshops

January 05, 2018

The Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization will hold two public workshops to gain input for pedestrian and bicycle facilities in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties in Florida and the Lillian and Orange Beach areas of Baldwin County, Alabama.

Here’s the schedule:
Jan. 9, 5:30 p.m. at Lexington Terrace Community Center, 900 S. Old Corry Field Road, Pensacola

Jan. 11, 5:30 p.m. at Perdido Key Community Center, 15500 Perdido Key Drive, Pensacola

Each workshop will supply comment cards, maps and information about the plan to collect input from community members.

via Florida-Alabama transportation planners set pedestrian/bicycle workshops.

Crossing Mobile Bay – a century-old problem for southwest Alabama – Yellowhammer News

January 04, 2018

For well over a hundred years, southwest Alabamians have grappled with getting from Mobile across the Mobile Bay to Baldwin County and back, and that is a problem that predates the founding of the state.

If you have made that journey recently, you would know there are a number of ways to cross the bay. Most people use Interstate 10, which includes the Wallace Tunnel to get to a series of bridges known as the Bayway. Some use U.S. 90-98, which consists of the Bankhead Tunnel and the causeway built in 1926.

via Crossing Mobile Bay – a century-old problem for southwest Alabama – Yellowhammer News.

Gulf Shores anticipates state building new Waterway Bridge – Mullet Wrapper

December 20, 2017

The new road the Alabama Department of Transportation is planning from the Foley Beach Express to the Intracoastal Waterway will likely start and end with a bridge.

“You’ve got to be able to tie into the Beach Express and a signal at that intersection isn’t going to happen,” Gulf Shores Director of Economic Development Blake Phelps said. “The only way to make it work and have free-flow traffic is two of the lanes, either the existing Beach Express or the new road, is going to have to have a flyover.”

via Gulf Shores anticipates state building new Waterway Bridge – Mullet Wrapper.

Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit on Gulf Beach Highway

December 11, 2017

A pedestrian is in critical condition after being hit by a vehicle while crossing State Road 292, according to a Florida Highway Patrol press release.

The pedestrian, who has yet to be identified, and a witness were walking westbound on SR 292 on the north shoulder of the roadway. Kathy Erwin, 59, was traveling westbound on SR 292 in a 2002 PT Cruiser.

via Pedestrian in critical condition after being hit on Gulf Beach Highway.

LIVE Traffic Blog | WKRG

December 11, 2017

5:55 a.m. Bundle up if you need to get out on the roadways over the next few minutes it’s another chilly start to your Monday but we’re moving along well without any accidents or delays on the Bayway or Causeway, both tunnels are looking good. In Mobile, Mobile Police reporting no accidents. Highway Patrol on the scene of a car vs. deer there Dawes at Grand Bay Wilmer Road. No problems right now through Baldwin County except for some foggy conditions there around the Gulf Shores Orange Beach area. On the Panhandle we’re accident-free.

via LIVE Traffic Blog | WKRG.

O.B.’s lodging tax will pay for Wolf Bay Bridge – Mullet Wrapper

December 06, 2017

By Fran Thompson

With federal and state funds for the project mostly unavailable, City of Orange Beach officials have decided to use its own funds to pay for a free bridge over Wolf Bay. Projected revenue from the recently implemented two percent increase in the lodging tax is expected to generate $5-$6 million per year from the city’s condo row. Those funds will also pay for other road and traffic congestion improvements in the city, as well as beach renourishment ($20M) and ongoing Perdido Pass dredging ($5M) projects.

via O.B.’s lodging tax will pay for Wolf Bay Bridge – Mullet Wrapper.

Work on new sidewalk begins in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA

November 28, 2017

GULF SHORES, AL (WALA) - Construction Crews blocked off two lanes of Highway 59 in Gulf Shores Monday at Waterway Village to begin work on a new sidewalk.

The lane closures will be in place for at least two months. The bridge crossing over the bayou will be widened on the west side so that a new, eight foot wide sidewalk can be put in.

via Work on new sidewalk begins in Gulf Shores – FOX10 News | WALA.

ALDOT Announces Firms Competing to Build the Mobile River Bridge | WKRG

November 18, 2017

The Alabama Department of Transportation announced Friday that four teams have responded to the State’s Request for Qualifications for the I-10 Mobile River Bridge Project.

Included in the press release are details surrounding the replacement of the current Interstate 10 Bayway with an eight-lane bridge to be built higher than the 100-year storm surge height.

via ALDOT Announces Firms Competing to Build the Mobile River Bridge | WKRG.

Council considers $282,000 for Wolf Bay Bridge preliminaries

November 16, 2017

Wolf Bay Bridge

The City of Orange Beach is serious about tackling traffic issues on its own and is poised to spend more than $282,000 for environmental studies, permitting and conceptual design for the construction of a Wolf Bay Bridge.

A resolution was discussed during a work session on Nov. 14 and will be voted on by the council in a Dec. 5 regular session. If passed, Burk-Kleinpeter will be hired to do the preliminary work on the span.

via Council considers 2,000 for Wolf Bay Bridge preliminaries.

Mobile River bridge and Bayway project applies for big grant – FOX10 News | WALA

November 09, 2017

FOX10 News is committed to following the latest developments concerning a new bridge over the Mobile River. Thursday morning, we have new information on getting funding to pay for the bridge.

We have learned the Mobile River bridge and Bayway project has applied for a $250 million INFRA grant.

via Mobile River bridge and Bayway project applies for big grant – FOX10 News | WALA.

State gives update on changes for Baldwin County interchange – FOX10 News | WALA

November 09, 2017

FOX10 News is committed to keeping track of efforts to improve road safety.

Some big changes are coming to a busy stretch of I-10 in Baldwin County.

State transportation officials will re-configure an entire interchange, and people who live and work in the area are already giving their feedback.

via State gives update on changes for Baldwin County interchange – FOX10 News | WALA.

Orange Beach Discusses New Traffic Patterns Ahead of New School | WKRG

November 08, 2017

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (WKRG) — Hundreds of residents packed the Wharf Event Center Tuesday night for a town hall meeting.

AL-DOT and city officials presented some new ideas for a bridge over Wolf Bay, widening roads and changing traffic patterns on Canal Road.

The new Orange Beach Middle/High School, which will be located on Canal Road, is also raising concerns about traffic patterns.

via Orange Beach Discusses New Traffic Patterns Ahead of New School | WKRG.

Traffic Diamond issues diverging in Baldwin County | WPMI

November 07, 2017

DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — In 2018 ALDOT is moving ahead with its plans to begin building what’s known as the Diverging Diamond off Interstate -10 in Baldwin County.

It’s been three months now since folks attended a public hearing on the matter. Residents and business owners in the Malbis area say two major concerns have not yet been addressed by ALDOT.

via Traffic Diamond issues diverging in Baldwin County | WPMI.

Windmill Ridge Road Bridge Closure Notice

November 06, 2017

Windmill Ridge Road will be temporarily closed beginning Monday, November 6 at 6 a.m. through Wednesday November 15 at 5 p.m., for replacement and repair of the bridge deck. Portions of Windmill Ridge Road will be open to local traffic only during construction.

We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience during this process. Motorist are encouraged to exercise caution while in the area.

via Gulf Shores, AL – Official Website.

A bridge too far: ALDOT expected to propose wasting taxpayer money | AL.com

November 04, 2017

At the upcoming Orange Beach Town Hall meeting on November 7th, the town’s mayor anticipates the announcement of a second taxpayer-funded bridge to alleviate congestion between mainland Alabama and its Gulf Coast. Last year, Mayor Tony Kennon introduced the idea of building a new bridge saying, “If [American Roads] is not going to partner with us, then we’re going to build a bridge to the west ourselves. It will be a free bridge.”

via A bridge too far: ALDOT expected to propose wasting taxpayer money | AL.com.

Floodwaters still have some Baldwin County roads closed – FOX10 News | WALA

October 25, 2017

Parts of Baldwin County are still dealing with high water or washed out roads after excessive rains on Sunday, October 22, 2017.  Lengthy detours have some drivers going 40 minutes out of their way until the water goes down.

The Styx and Perdido rivers are still running very high.  Road closes signs are posted on both sides of the river, but that didn’t keep drivers from going around them to check it out, just to find out they had a lengthy detour ahead of them.

via Floodwaters still have some Baldwin County roads closed – FOX10 News | WALA.

Gulf Shores, Ala. Begins Phase II of Public Beach Transformation, Master Planned by Atlanta’s TSW | Business Wire

October 20, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the successful completion of Phase I of its $15 million public beach revitalization, the City of Gulf Shores, Ala. has begun Phase II of Gulf Place. Master planned and designed by Atlanta-based TSW, a planning, architecture and landscape architecture firm whose multidisciplinary work extends throughout the southeast, the project’s design focus is to strengthen the beachfront public park’s connection to the coastal downtown walking district, enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety, and offer new family friendly recreation facilities designed to protect the environment and wildlife habitat

via Gulf Shores, Ala. Begins Phase II of Public Beach Transformation, Master Planned by Atlanta’s TSW | Business Wire.

Gulf Shores approves signaled intersection on Foley Beach Express | The Islander

October 17, 2017

By: Crystal Cole/ Islander Editor

The Gulf Shores City Council approved a resolution to begin improvements to the intersection of County Road 8 and the Foley Beach Express FBE at its last council meeting, including making the intersection signaled.

Mayor Robert Craft said this is something the city has been working on for quite a while to try and understand the dynamics of it.

via Gulf Shores approves signaled intersection on Foley Beach Express | The Islander.

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October 11, 2017

The Alabama Department of Transportation anticipates construction to begin early 2018 on a new interchange at I-10 and SR-181 in Baldwin County. The new interchange, known as the Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), will be the first one in Alabama. The DDI is designed to improve traffic flow efficiency and safety with fewer traffic lights and safer entry and exit lanes to and from I-10. The improved traffic flow with fewer conflict points is proven to reduce accidents and increase safety of motorists.

via Home.

Beach mouse a consideration in median landscaping

October 05, 2017

Federal officials are serious about protecting the beach mouse in coastal Alabama, even in the of the newly constructed island medians on beach road.

So that means every project must follow certain rules and regulations not only to protect the habitat of the sensitive critters but enhance it in some cases by planting the right grasses and trees that will be beneficial to the mice.

via Beach mouse a consideration in median landscaping.

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