Mayor of Spanish Fort concerned about traffic issues once new bridge approved
SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WKRG) – Spanish Fort Mayor Mike McMillan has been outspoken for months about the causeway and Highway 31. He supports the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project, but he wants to make sure his city does not end up with another problem.
“We need to make sure the causeway and Highway 31 are properly prepared to deal with the problem,” he said.
He says a traffic problem already exists, especially during the summer months. He fears the toll-free carriageway will create a nightmare for motorists.
“In the long term, the causeway will be the only free road there, so that’s what we have to recognize. You are also going to have the construction phases with the new bridge. People will stay away from that. They will use the causeway,” Mayor McMillan explained.
For months, he spoke with the Alabama Department of Transportation to ask ALDOT to take a close look at the roadway now before traffic gets worse. He supports the Mobile River Bridge & Bayway project, but at the end of the day he knows we are trading one problem for another.
“We have to be prepared for additional traffic. People from Loxley, people from Daphne, people from Fairhope and Baldwin County in general will use the causeway. When there’s reinforcement on the Bayway, they’re going to take the causeway, so naturally that’s what we have to fight,” he said.
McMillan tells us he’s not an engineer and he doesn’t know what updates can be made, but he trusts ALDOT to come up with a plan to keep the flow inside and out. of Spanish Fort. So far, those conservations have been positive, he says.
“I have had direct conversations with Director Cooper about this and with the local office and have been assured that they are going to look into this so we are moving forward with some type of plan,” McMillan said.
If the bridge project is approved, construction could begin late next year.