Road projects update - September 11, 2020

September 11, 2020
Pardon Our Progress City of Orange Beach photo showing Canal Road

Following are road and path updates for the City of Orange Beach, as of Friday, September 11, 2020: 

Canal Road widening 

The Alabama Department of Transportation began construction efforts to widen Canal Road (State Highway 180), between William Silvers Parkway and State Highway 161 in September 2019. 

After a delay in getting utilities moved this summer, work resumed in earnest in September to widen the remaining south side of the roadway. In the upcoming weeks, motorists should expect single lane closures on the eastbound side. Remember to slow down and help keep the workers safe. Orange Beach police will continue to have a presence to enforce the 40mph work zone. 

When complete, this portion of roadway, which carried a daily average of over 18,000 vehicles in 2018, will be a five-lane highway including a designated center turn lane and six-foot shoulders.

The project is anticipated to be complete in spring 2021. 

East Canal Road

Canal Road, east of Hwy. 161, 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. 

Additionally, a 10-foot multimodal path will replace the current sidewalks along East Canal Road as part of the project. 

The project’s cost will be partially covered by post-BP oil spill RESTORE Act State Implementation Plan funding. 

The project is expected to start in late fall, with construction expected to take a year.

Multimodal Path on Canal Road near Cypress Village  

Plans are being developed for an extension of Commercial Drive and a 10-foot multimodal path on the north side of Canal Road between William Silvers Parkway and Wharf Parkway East, in front of Cypress Village. Review and approval by the Alabama Department of Transportation will be required.

In addition to the new path, a deceleration lane to facilitate a right turn into Cypress Village is currently in the design phase. 

Construction could begin in summer of 2021. 

Other improvements

Also in the works are improvements around The Commons shopping center, where Cactus Cantina, McDonald’s and many other businesses are located. The improvement costs will be covered, jointly, by businesses and the city.  A deceleration lane will be added off Canal Road and the entrance will be widened to three lanes to allow for better vehicle movement. Access improvements along 161 are also being studied. Additionally, a right turn lane will be added on Lauder Lane to improve traffic flow onto Canal Road.  Both projects are expected to begin in the next two to three months, depending on the approval from the Alabama Department of Transportation.