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ALDOT invited to present key infrastructure updates to Baldwin Realtors Association

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A team from ALDOT's Southwest Region met with the Baldwin Realtors Association on June 11 to present the latest updates on ongoing and future construction projects.
Jun 17

A team from ALDOT’s Southwest Region, along with engineers from the Baldwin County Highway Department, met with the Baldwin Realtors Association on June 11 to present the latest updates on ongoing and future construction projects.

The briefing provided realtors with valuable insights into construction projects that will enhance connectivity and support the growing residential and commercial developments in the area. Notably, realtors received updates on key projects, including the Intracoastal Waterway Bridge in Gulf Shores, the future widening of SR-181, and US-31. These projects are particularly relevant as they intersect with new subdivisions and schools, influencing the dynamics of local real estate markets in popular areas such as Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope, Foley, Gulf Shores, and Orange Beach.

James Gordon, spokesperson for ALDOT’s Southwest Region, highlighted the significance of these projects: “Our ongoing and planned infrastructure projects are designed to meet the demands of Baldwin County’s rapid growth. By improving connectivity and enhancing road safety, we aim to support the vibrant communities that make Baldwin County a desirable place to live and work. Realtors play a crucial role in communicating these improvements to prospective homebuyers, ensuring they make informed decisions.”

The Intracoastal Waterway Bridge project in Gulf Shores is a major highlight, aimed at improving traffic flow and reducing congestion, particularly during peak tourist seasons. This new bridge, now under construction, along with state’s purchase of the Baldwin Beach Express Bridge, which is now toll free, is expected to provide a critical link between the mainland and the coastal areas, facilitating smoother travel for residents and visitors alike.

Members of the Baldwin Realtors Association hear about road and bridge projects in Baldwin County

The future widening of SR-181 and US-31 on the Eastern Shore was brought up for discussion by many of the realtors present at the event. These expansions, although still in the planning stages, will ultimately accommodate increased traffic volumes. Engineers made it clear that current budgets will only allow for limited capacity and safety improvements, such as turn lanes, center turn lanes, roundabouts, and improved signalization.  Such improvements are crucial for sustaining the quality of life in rapidly growing areas.

Local realtors expressed appreciation for the detailed updates, recognizing the importance of infrastructure in shaping the county’s growth and real estate market. By staying informed about these projects, realtors can better guide potential buyers, highlighting the benefits of investing in Baldwin County’s thriving communities.

As Baldwin County continues to grow, ALDOT and the Baldwin County Highway Department remain committed to proactive planning and execution of infrastructure projects. These efforts are essential to ensuring that the county’s roads and bridges can support the needs of its residents and businesses.

This collaboration between ALDOT and the Baldwin County Highway Department underscores a shared commitment to enhancing the region’s infrastructure, supporting its vibrant growth, and maintaining the high quality of life that Baldwin County residents cherish.