Spanish Fort plans to light up Eastern Shore Boulevard
By Guy Busby
FORT SPANISH – The Fort Spanish city council is due to vote on Monday, June 7 at a traffic light at the intersection of US 31 and Eastern Shore Boulevard.
The signal near Rockwell Elementary School would be a joint project between the city and the Alabama Department of Transportation, city officials said.
Mayor Mike McMillan said light is needed when traffic increases on both roads.
“We’re still working and trying to nail everything down, but I think we’re in pretty good shape,” McMillan said. “This is an opportunity to put that light on Eastern Shore Boulevard and Highway 31, which I think we all know is necessary.
McMillan said that under an agreement with the state, ALDOT would pay $ 95,785 for the light. The city’s share of the cost would be $ 47,892.50.
“Our staff did a very good job of negotiating this project,” said McMillan. “Somewhere in the project itself is somewhere around, believe it or not for a traffic light, $ 153,000, which sounds awfully high, but it’s ALDOT, so that’s what you get. “
He said most of the city’s share would be paid for with money from the Eastern Shore Metropolitan Planning Organization.
“The city’s share by the end of this whole project will be around $ 10,000,” McMillan said.
The East Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization includes the Spanish Fort, Daphne, Fairhope, Loxley and nearby unincorporated areas. Members of the organization work together to plan the distribution of federal funds for roads and to plan for transportation needs.
The city will also be responsible for the cost overruns for lighting at US 31 and Eastern Shore Boulevard, said David Conner, the city’s attorney. The city is also paying to maintain the traffic lights at Spanish Fort.
McMillan said the cost of maintaining traffic lights across town is around $ 175,000 per year.
The new light is being installed at the same time that work is expected to begin to repair potholes on Eastern Shore Boulevard and to repave the road.
The council voted on April 19 to allow the use of funds from a 1% license fee at the Eastern Shore Center for road improvements on the street. Repaving is expected to begin this summer, city officials said.
The repaving project is estimated at $ 3.4 million. The roads in the center are part of the shopping center and are not maintained by the city. Conner said the streets will continue to be owned and maintained by the center.