BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - Baldwin County will soon be getting a large chunk out of a $372 million road construction allocation from the state of Alabama.
Phase Three of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation or Improvement program will bring nearly $14 million to the county. It will be the final phase in a program that officials say is designed to use federal funding to cover road and bridge projects that are needed immediately.
Six cities will receive funds, including Bay Minnette ($162,000), Daphne ($1.9 million), Fairhope ($1.7 million), Foley ($3.7 million), Gulf Shores ($151,000) and Robertsdale ($1.2 million).
The Gulf State Park will also receive funds for resurfacing work, as will Baldwin County for replacing two bridges.
Foley Mayor John Koniar said the funds are a huge step for Baldwin County and will help the area prosper even further.
"When Governor Bentley was down recently, he recognized the importance of Baldwin County. He talked about getting the Beach Express up to I-10 and then to I-65. It'll be a big boom for the area," said Koniar.
Foley is set to receive the largest piece of the pie, which will go towards repairing one bridge and connecting Fern Avenue to the Beach Express. It's something Koniar said they've been wanting done for years.
"One of the big benefits is we can get emergency vehicles out of downtown Foley. They can come up the beach express, up the new Fern Avenue extension and shoot right to the hospital. So hopefully that can save time and lives," Koniar said.
Koniar said they plan to eventually expand the two lane road to four lanes. He says Foley went from 6,000 people to 16,000 people in around 10 years so the road could be invaluable.
Koniar said the road will also be important if the Blue Collar Country project in Foley sees the light of day.
Blue Collar will increase traffic so the whole area will explode exponentially. The state recognizes the growth and revenues this area pulls in, so they want to make it more user friendly for locals and tourists
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