In lieu of a town hall meeting that Mayor Tony Kennon and the City Council would usually hold but cannot due to the pandemic, the mayor took some time before the start of the council meeting on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 to give residents an update on some projects and issues around town.
In the 24-minute video clip taken from the council meeting that can be see by clicking here, the mayor discusses a pending agreement involving ALDOT and the toll bridge owners that, if approved, will add a new bridge span to the Beach Express, add toll lanes and reduce toll charges for residents.
The mayor talks about golf carts and gives an update on the planned multi-modal paths on East Canal Road from Doc’s to Bay La Launch Avenue, 3-laning plans on East Canal Road with a roundabout in front of the library, and plans for an extension of Commercial Drive and a 5-foot pedestrian path along that street. He gives an update on plans for a 10-foot multi-modal path on the north side of Canal Road between William Silvers Parkway and Wharf Parkway East. Improvements include a pedestrian crossing at the William Silvers traffic light, and an elevated crossover is being studied. In the same area, a deceleration lane is planned for right turns into Cypress Village, and left turn movement into the new Orange Beach Middle / High School will be directed to Sweetwater Drive due to safety concerns with the school’s front entrance.
Other improvements along Canal Road include plans to make a deceleration lane going into The Commons, near Cactus Cantina, and also widening the entrance to allow for better and safer vehicle movement. The mayor also gives an update on Lauder Lane with plans to add a right turn lane to improve traffic flow onto Canal Road.
The mayor caps off the updates by discussing plans for beachfront property that will be for residents’ use only. Discussions have been ongoing for two years on a property purchase and an agreement is nearly finalized.