County road 4 is a popular little road that runs from Foley Beach Express all the way to highway 59. It can mean the difference between sitting in traffic or paying a toll.
There are a lot of reasons motorists like using county road 4. "It's a last resort to get off the beach express to get to Gulf Shores." But there seems to be one main one according to Robert Lee who lives off the busy road.
. "People cutting through here to avoid having to go through the toll bridge so they avoid there coming here."
Causing more traffic than the mostly two lane road can handle. "Widening this would be a great thing and adding the bike lanes," says Lee.
And that's exactly what a two point three million dollar road project will accomplish.
"What the project will do," says city spokesman Blake Phelps, "is widen county road 4 to three lanes all the way from 59 to Geno Road, providing a very safe left turn lane into developments all along county road 4 and the additions of 6 foot bike lanes on either side of the road."
The bike lanes an added bonus for cyclists that are a little too close to motorists, for comfort. "I just like to have a little more room," says Allison Martin. "We've seen some accidents happen in our home town and it is scary when you know someone that has happened to."
The road project gets underway some time next month. It's expected to take about a year to complete.