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By Butch Eiland | Broker in Orange Beach, AL
  • Current plans for the area

    Posted Under: General Area in Orange Beach, Quality of Life in Orange Beach, Traffic & Public Transportation in Orange Beach  |  January 18, 2012 10:56 AM  |  323 views  |  No comments

     

    Here are a couple of items in which you may be interested if you have property here, visit often or you plan to live in the area.  Somewhere there is still a plan to construct a bridge over Wolf Bay from the intersection of 161 and Canal road at Doc’s, to Sapling point.  More on that later.

     

    A plan has been the works for a year where the state hopes to partner with the builders of the Foley Beach Express to construct an elevated bridge over Gulf Sate Park. The bridge  would give beach traffic a straight shot to the Gulf, taking beach traffic off Canal Road.

    The bridge, dubbed the Cross Island Parkway by some, would start at Ala. 182, or Perdido Beach Boulevard, behind a power substation and local restaurant, with the elevated roadway following Collegiate Lane, or what locals call Power Line Road, then travel over the park’s wildlife area and part of a lake, and drop motorists onto Canal Road at the entrance to the Foley Beach Express. The Foley Beach Express tollbooth at the Intracoastal Waterway near the Wharf would most likely be relocated near Baldwin County 20 and the Express.

    The project would be funded by ALDOT and the bridge builders, with the state using $15 million to $18 million it was going to spend on widening Canal Road to five lanes.

     

    Additionally, state legislators in concert with local members of the Affordable Homeowners Insurance Commission, are working to create a countywide insurance authority which would help cover wind deductibles for homeowners, and lead to lower premiums for coverage.  One can only hope, and write letters.

    Cooler here today, but not harsh.  Come see us,

 
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