Road and Sidewalk Project Updates - August 16, 2019

August 16, 2019
City of Orange Beach Road and Sidewalk Project Updates - August 16, 2019

West Oak Ridge Drive Sidewalk Extension - An 8-foot-wide sidewalk extending from West Oak Ridge Drive to the Orange Beach Sportsplex is open but some finishing touches still need to be completed. The overall sidewalk through the neighborhood, behind City Hall, runs parallel with Canal Road from State Highway 161/Orange Beach Boulevard westward about 4,000 feet to the sportsplex. It connects to Lauder Lane with a sidewalk as well. 

Canal Road Eastbound Lane  - The Canal Road eastbound lane road construction, between the light at Williams Silvers Parkway and Hwy. 161/Orange Beach Boulevard, is expected to begin in early fall after utility relocation is complete. This project will add a much-needed second eastbound lane extension and eliminate the need to merge at the traffic signal at Williams Silvers Parkway. Work will be ongoing for about 19 months with completion anticipated before Spring of 2021. The Alabama Department of Transportation is fully funding this project. 

Leading up to the project, construction signs are expected to be put in place during the week of August 19th. Additionally, Orange Beach Public Works crews will be working this week to remove some drainage pipe on Canal Road, near Orange Beach Water Authority, and reshaping a ditch ahead of the ALDOT project.

Wolf Bay Bridge - The project continues to go through the permitting process with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard.  

East Canal Road - Canal Road, east of Hwy. 161/Orange Beach Boulevard, will undergo widening from 161 to Wilson Boulevard. A traffic circle will also be added just east of the Adult/Senior Activity Center and public library complex. The traffic circle is expected to remedy the chronic problem of vehicles doing U-turns to get to businesses on the north side of Canal Road near the Hwy. 161 intersection. The project will be funded through post-BP oil spill RESTORE Act State Implementation Plan funding. The project is awaiting the release of funds to begin construction this fall with completion in the fall of 2020.

Lauder Lane at Canal Road - Construction of a Lauder Lane turn lane onto eastbound Canal Road is expected to begin this fall. ALDOT continues to perform a warrant analysis to determine whether the City can fund and install a traffic light at the Lauder Lane/Canal Road intersection. The traffic signal will be programmed to work in sync with the Gulf Bay Road traffic signal.

Hidden Lake Trail - In early September, the city will officially open a new trail addition to the Hugh S. Branyon Backcountry Trail, next to the Orange Beach Sportsplex. The new interpretive trail loop, which is ¾ of a mile, will connect just south of the existing Sportsplex Trailhead, looping north along the tree-lined outskirts of a few ballfields and then around the lake, and connecting with the existing Twin Bridges trail, just east of Al's Parkour Challenge. The loop also connects with the West Oak Ridge Drive sidewalk extension. The new trail was paid for, in part, by a grant awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs with matching funds from the city. The trail is not paved with asphalt but is made of crushed and compacted limestone, which makes it perfect for walking and running, and is handicapped accessible.