If you're headed to Gulf Shores or Orange Beach this holiday weekend, pack sunscreen, water and other beach essentials...but more importantly...pack a little patience.
Expect major traffic delays on Highway 59 from Loxley to Gulf Shores as tens of thousands of people head to the beach.
A drive from Interstate 10 in Loxley to Gulf Shores usually takes about 45 minutes or less...but the 32-mile drive could take you as long as 1.5 to 2 hours depending on the time of travel.
The Alabama Dept. of Transportation has placed traffic counters and sensors along Highway 59.
ALDOT says more than 43-thousand drivers will use Hwy 59 today. On a typical day, about 32-thousand drivers use the highway.
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