Orange Beach Traffic Light Delays

Orange Beach Traffic Light Delays

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Construction crews begin installing traffic light on Canal Road. Construction crews begin installing traffic light on Canal Road.

Crews in Orange Beach have begun work on installing a traffic light on one of the cities busiest roads.

"Canal Road in that location is one lane in each direction and a turn lane in the middle. So what we have is a continuous flow of traffic. This light is intended to give us the break at William Silvers Parkway also known as the sports entrance," says city administrator Ken Grimes.

Notorious for it's traffic headaches, "Sometimes it does get pretty bad especially when they are having concerts or things going down at the Sportsplex. Traffic gets really backed up," says Justin Brannan who works on Canal.

It could be called, the pain of progress. "That traffic light has been needed for years." According to Parks and Recreation Supervisor Danny Martin traffic counts put the number of cars coming into the Sportsplex at close to a thousand during tournaments. "Now with these tournaments that we have coming in with the SEC soccer championships, USSSA baseball, the amount of people is incredible. "

Crews are wrapping up today. They are actually trying to limit the time they slow things down on Canal Road and then next week they will be doing most of their work at night.

"It probably won't alleviate all of our traffic problems cause we do have a bottleneck at the other end of the city," says Martin. "But it is going to help the people that are here, who are our guests, who we want to keep happy and help them get out into that traffic to get to where they are going."

The project has been in the works for two years. It's expected to take two weeks to complete.

This project is beginning at the height of youth sporting events. More than a thousand baseball and softball teams are expected in Orange Beach during the next four weeks.

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