Road and Bridge Improvements Coming to Baldwin

Road and Bridge Improvements Coming to Baldwin

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FOLEY, Alabama -

Bumpy roads, bad bridges, nothing that 16 and a half million dollars worth of road and bridge projects can't fix.

The biggest chunk of change green lighting a project to help build another east-west corridor from highway 59 to Foley Beach Express by extending Fern Avenue.

"We've been talking about this for a couple of years and we had the landowners agreed to donate the right of way." Foley mayor John Konair says the plan is to get first responder from emergencies to the hospital quicker. "The emergency vehicles in downtown Foley are a nuisance, a accident waiting to happen. It slows them down. This will speed them up, make them more efficient, get them out of the downtown community."

The Fern Avenue project is the only one that builds a road where there's not one now. It maybe the biggest and most expensive but some say it's not the most important.

"I'm totally ecstatic," says Barbie Pearce. The bridge over Boggy Branch on Keller Road may not look like much but it's dangerous enough to keep emergency vehicles, even garbage trucks from risking it. "For a long time they had to stop up the street. It's a blessing to have the bridge replaced," says Pearce.

In Gulf Shores, a bridge that's been closed for years is now slated for repair but folks who live nearby aren't so happy about it. "I would rather them not replace it," says Toby Wallace. "It's been nice not having the traffic. There's not having them come through here has given us back our area our community."

Other areas getting road, bridge and drainage work: Fairhope, Daphne, Robertsdale and Bay Minette.

In all 14 projects in six cities, Gulf State Park and two projects in the county. Construction should begin in the spring and summer of next year.

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