In an effort to create economic opportunities, improve traffic and pedestrian safety, and promote a more sustainable community, the City of Gulf Shores has been awarded funding through the 2019 U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD Grant Program (https://www.transportation.gov/BUILDgrants) for an innovative, multifaceted project that will enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors.
The Build Grant Project will construct much needed vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian transportation infrastructure. The proposed project includes the construction of:
- Complete streets, including improved vehicular and pedestrian access, throughout the Waterway Village District.
- Improved access to Gulf Shores International Airport and the Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park.
- Increased capacity along State HWY 59 by adding a third southbound lane across the Holmes Bridge and intersection improvements from County Road 6 to Fort Morgan Road.
- A new pedestrian bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway connecting the north and south sides of the Waterway Village District.
- Approximately 3 miles of sidewalks within the Waterway Village District.
- Provide bicycle and pedestrian access throughout the Waterway Village District and the Intracoastal Waterway.
- Provide needed vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian access from State Highway 59 to the Gulf Shores International Airport, Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park, County Road 4 and Foley Beach Express.
- Improvements will promote investment, economic development, and job creation throughout the Waterway Village District, Intracoastal Waterway, Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park, and Gulf Shores International Airport.
- Proposed improvements to Waterway East Blvd will provide additional evacuation route connectivity to improve evacuation time during natural disasters. Economic development within the Waterway Village District, Gulf Shores Business and Aviation Park, and Gulf Shores International Airport will create a sustainable and vibrant economic center that is resilient and will withstand the natural and man-made disasters that occur along the Gulf Coast.
The Gulf Shores Waterway Village Multimodal Access Project has generated tremendous support from many in our local community to our statewide partners and even from our leadership in Washington D.C.
- Alabama Coastal Foundation
- Alabama Trails Commission - Phillip West
- Andy Bauer - Director of Planning
- Baldwin County Commission
- Baldwin County HWY Department
- Chad Leonard - Craft Farms
- Coastal Resort Properties
- Delta Bike Project
- Coastal Alabama Business Chamber
- Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism - Herb Malone
- Judge Tim Russell - Baldwin County
- Mayor Charles Murphy - City of Robertsdale
- Mayor David Wilson - Town of Summerdale
- Mayor John Koniar - City of Foley
- Paul Rotner - ACME Oyster House
- Platinum Air Center
- Vic Roberts - Gulf Shores International Airport Authority Chairman
- Baldwin County Sherriff Mack
- Chief of Police - Edward Delmore
- South Baldwin Regional Medical Center