BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WALA) - The last piece of a $100 million puzzle is about to fall in place. Bids are out to connect the Baldwin Beach Express to I-10.
Once the contract is awarded, the final work can begin.
FINAL PIECE OF BEACH EXPRESS
It's been a long-time dream for Baldwin County - another highway running parallel to Highway 59 relieving congestion and providing a fast route to the beach.
For the last several years, the extension to the Baldwin Beach Express has been under construction in a piece-meal fashion. The final piece, connecting the expressway to I-10, is about to get underway.
Cal Markert, Director of the Baldwin County Highway Department said, "They should be issuing a notice to proceed to the contractor in 30 to 40 days, and I'm sure that contractor is ready to get to work."
The bidding process for the interchange is not expected to take long and ground-breaking could happen within a month. After the ground breaking, it will be full steam ahead and the vital road should be complete in less than two years.
NOT ALWAYS A SMOOTH BUILD
Vicki Mason, who owns Carousel RV Village off the new highway, will be glad to see the project done. She said construction has been frustrating.
She showed us where contractors put in driveways to steep to use.
"They didn't do the job that needs to be done. It was kind of halfway done, in my opinion," Mason said.
Regardless of the problems, Mason hopes the increased traffic will boost business.
"I think it opens up more land for landowners that are in the middle of the county that we really didn't have access to, that will have access to a straight road to the beach, which is really nice," Mason told us.
With the final piece now in play, there is now a final completion date – October of 2014.
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is expected to make it down for the groundbreaking of the interchange. We'll keep you posted.
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