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 underway. This project is adding a much-needed second eastbound lane extension and will eliminate the need to merge at the traffic signal at Williams Silvers Parkway. The project is expected to be complete by December 2020. The Alabama Department of Transportation is fully funding this project.
This past week, the lane closure that has been in effect on the northerly westbound lane shifted to the west. The State Hwy. 161 and Canal Road intersection is now open with two left turns off 161 and the westbound lane closure is now in effect from Cosmo’s Restaurant to Gulf Bay Road. For more information on the project, visit ALDOT’s website.
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. Beyond the permitting, the project is in a holding pattern as negotiations continue with the main landowner north of the proposed bridge.
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 in the spring with completion prior to summer of 2021.
Lauder Lane at Canal Road: Construction of a Lauder Lane turn lane onto eastbound Canal Road is expected to begin this winter. The City is awaiting approval for wetland impacts. The City continues to work with ALDOT on acquiring a warrant for a traffic signal at this intersection.
Potential Multimodal Path: The City will be conducting a feasibility study to determine whether golf cart paths can be constructed on East Canal Road, State Hwy. 161 and Marina Road. The study entails development of standards and specifications, right-of-way and easement assessment, associated drainage improvements and utility conflicts.
Road Resurfacing: Over the next month and a half, 20 city streets will be repaved and numerous sections of paved paths on the Backcountry Trail will be repaired. The project will also include a driveway and a small parking area at the Coastal Resources’ maintenance facility, and several locations at the Orange Beach Wastewater Treatment Plant. The paving is scheduled to begin during the week of November 18th and to be finished by the end of the year.
The 2019 Roadway Resurfacing Project includes the following: Bay Drive, Pine Road, Palmetto Drive, East Beach Boulevard, Magnolia Drive, Park Drive, Park Lane (Lake Road), Bayou Drive, Tiger Brown, South Wilson Boulevard, Mauldin Lane, Bay La Launch Avenue, Caribe Drive, Majestic Court, Lexmark Court, Lianna Court, Bradford Road, Walker Avenue, White Avenue and Sampson Avenue.
List of trails to be repaired and resurfaced in certain areas include Cotton Bayou Trail, Rosemary Dune Trail, Twin Bridges at Hidden Lake, Twin Bridges at Sportsplex Entrance, Powerline Trail, Powerline at Gulf Oak Ridge Intersection and Gulf Oak Ridge Trail.
The paving schedule is as follows, weather permitting:
- Monday, November 18, 2019 – Mobilization
- November 19 – December 3, 2019 – Paving Park Drive, Park Lane, Bayou Drive, Magnolia Drive, Pine Road/Palmetto Drove, East Beach Boulevard, South Wilson Boulevard, Tiger Brown, Bay Drive, and Mauldin Lane.
- December 4, 2019 – Bayou La Launch Avenue
- December 5, 2019 – Sampson Avenue
- December 6, 2019 – White Avenue and Walker Avenue
- December 9, 2019 – Majestic Court, Lexmark Court, and Lianna Court
- December 10, 2019 – Caribe Drive
- December 11, 2019 – Bradford Road and water tower driveway
- December 12, 13, and 16, 2019 – Nature trail repairs