Fixing Pleasure Island's Traffic Jam

Fixing Pleasure Island's Traffic Jam

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The city of Orange Beach resorted to asking tourists to call the Governor to help ease traffic woes. The city of Orange Beach resorted to asking tourists to call the Governor to help ease traffic woes.
ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

Sand, surf and traffic jams.

"They didn't come down here to sit in their cars," says city councilman Al Bradley. But that's what a lot of folks did over the holiday weekend.

"All this past weekend, horrendous." Underscoring traffic issues Pleasure Island has dealt with for years.

"We want things better but we don't want to change anything about it," says Margie Soto from Gulf Shores.

The city of Orange Beach is well aware of the traffic issues and has been working on solutions but the bottom line is there is no quick fix and any solution will have to come from Montgomery.

"We need help and we can't do it. It's got to come from the state," says Bradley who also sits on the planning commission. "We need more north/south movement. Wolf Bay bridge would solve a lot of it."

Locals, like Ken Thompson, support that idea. "That would get more people out of here. This street here, 161, it runs into a dead end. You either turn right or left. There's no place else to go. You could go straight across and get on out of here you could be completely free."

Alabama beaches are in the middle of what appears to be a third record tourist season in a row. More and more people are headed this way. The pressure is building to take the brakes off any transportation projects and get them moving in this direction.

News Five contacted the governors office this morning and press secretary Jennifer Ardis issued this statement:

"The Governor understands the transportation issues in Baldwin County and has been working to address them. These traffic issues prove how much people love the Alabama Gulf Coast and return year after year. The Governor will continue to address the transportation needs of Baldwin County as more and more people choose to vacation at the coast."

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