Traffic 'Nightmare' In Orange Beach

Traffic 'Nightmare' In Orange Beach

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -
Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon is calling the traffic situation in his city a nightmare.
 
"Every major road in Orange Beach and Gulf Shores is backed up it takes you an hour to get anywhere," said Kennon.
 
The congestion is so bad that Orange Beach Police are controlling the flow of traffic with the push of a button. It allows officers to manually run traffic lights to help relieve some of the mess. Even though it's helping, it's not solving the real problem according to Kennon.
 
"I've been nice and I'm tired of being nice. Something's got to be fixed or tell us you're not going to fix it so I can tell the folks to quit coming, it's that simple," he says.
 
Mayor Kennon is hoping the city's electronic sign helps get the message across. It's a sign urging the city's 5,000 residents to call state leaders in Montgomery. Kennon says it's time that the State steps in and provides a solution. The mayor says on solution is to build a bridge over Wolf Bay.
 
"50 percent of the money for one of the projects has already been raised by local government and private entities. Why in the world that project is not already moving forward I will never know, but I'm hoping that somebody gets the message," said Kennon.
 
Residents can call 334-242-7100 to reach state leaders.
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