Plan to improve Causeway includes piers, ped-bike trail

 

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City officials in Spanish Fort have put together a master plan to improve the Causeway for residents and visitors alike.

The Causeway is not only a busy thoroughfare, it also generates money to the area economy through businesses and tourism. Spanish Fort city officials say they've been working on a plan to make improvements along the span.

Spanish Fort Mayor Michael McMillan said, "This is a plan we've been working on for two years within the city: come up with a way to develop the Causeway the proper way, with proper growth and those kinds of things with the advent of the Bayway and the new bridge coming." Among the proposals in the master plan: two parks, with fishing piers, parking, picnic areas, a boat launch for kayaks and canoes.

There would also be a five and a half mile long, 10 foot wide pedestrian-bicycle trail along the north side

McMillan said, "We looked at other areas that have done it, particularly the Tampa-Clearwater area. There's a parkway very similar to the Causeway where they have rivers that are separating the land masses." City officials presented the plan at a public meeting Friday morning. Pat McAleer attended the meeting.

He said, "I think it's great, especially where the new highway comes in. We'll have less traffic on the Causeway and more use for the local people."

But some property owners told McMillan they think the plan will bring more traffic.

There are also concerns about much of their property they will have to give up.

The mayor says he's open to meeting with people with concerns.

Money is another issue.

There is no dollar figure or timetable for the project McMillan said, "We had to have an established adopted plan to move forward to try to achieve grants and those types of things."

FOX10 News talked to some people along the Causeway about what they would like to see. Darryl Nelson said, "Some more piers out here for fishing that would be great, you know."

Julius Blanks said, "Preferably, if possible on both sides, nice parks where you can have family gatherings and stuff and bring the kids and enjoy yourself."

Mayor McMillan said the city council is expected to discuss the plan at its next meeting, and it would have to go before other groups, including the state, before financial and other plans could be made. All content © 2018, WALA; Mobile, AL. (A Meredith Corporation Station). All Rights Reserved.

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