The five lanes of Canal Ouest road are almost complete; project in the east delayed at least until autumn
(OBA®) – As one Canal Road project comes to a successful conclusion – five lanes connecting State Route 161 to Cyress Village – another is delayed by several months.
Neither project was part of an action point during the regular and working sessions of Orange Beach City Council on May 4, but were discussed as the five-lane project may be coming to an end as soon as possible. May 7.
“We hope to be finished or very close to completing this week,” said Mayor Tony Kennon. “Maybe it’s a few lanes that are lagging behind, but for the most part we think of less than 40 days and 40 nights of rain, I think we can do it. The entrepreneur was very easy to work with and worked very hard in a very difficult situation.
Community development director Kit Alexander said these roadside clean-up projects could still cause minor delays.
“There will always be intermittent lane closures to make these improvements,” Alexander said. “Then we’re going to have the deceleration lane that’s going to be built towards Cypress Village. We are also going to redo the aisles of the school. There may be some intermittent lane closures, but it will be nothing like what we have experienced over the past year.
A second Canal Road project, adding a turning lane in the center, a roundabout near the library, and a 10-foot sidewalk between State Route 161 East and Wilson Boulevard, was scheduled to begin at the dawn of the summer season. . For various reasons, the earliest start, Kennon said, would be in the fall.
“We didn’t realize until we really got into the RESTORE Federal Council review process that they were reviewing documents all the way through, over and over and over and over,” Alexander said. “There is just a lot of documentation that we need to put together because this is a federally funded project. People who spoke to me also told us that people wanted a break from what we experienced on West Canal Road. So after the busy summer season, it is better that we start it then and give people a little break so that we can calm down on the roads.
Alexander said that the project’s start-up estimated at 15 months after the 2021 summer season will have impacts in just one summer season rather than two if it was launched before Memorial Day.
During the ordinary session, the council:
- Approved a special event retail liquor license application by Event Concessions for the Muscadine Bloodline concert on May 27 at The Wharf.
- Approved a retail liquor license application for a restaurant for Wolf Bay Beachside, which is moving to the former Fin and Fork space on Beach Road at the west end of town.
- I have accepted a resolution awarding the bid for pest control for various city facilities to Beebe’s Pest & Termite Control by unit price for a term of up to three years.
- OK’d a resolution authorizing the execution of a professional services contract with C Spire Business for voice and data telecommunications services.
- I have accepted a resolution authorizing a revised amount not to exceed $ 12.9 million for Crowder Gulf for debris and sand reclamation services related to the response to Hurricane Sally.
- I have accepted a resolution authorizing a contract with Thompson Consulting Services to provide additional debris monitoring, emergency management planning and disaster granting services related to Hurricane Sally in an amount not to exceed 471 $ 814.
- I have accepted a resolution authorizing the assignment of the lease agreement with Intellicom Wireless Management for a wireless communications tower to SWI Funds Tower Holdings.
- I have accepted a resolution allocating funds to move and store a donated piano for the Performing Arts Center for an amount not exceeding $ 2,000.
During the working session, the council discussed:
- A resolution authorizing the execution of a subaward grant agreement with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources for the RESTORE Law State Expenditure Plan funded Alabama seawall repair Point.
- Two resolutions authorizing licensing agreements with the Baldwin County School Board for the city to use school property to temporarily locate Fire Station No.5 and an agreement to install portable classrooms for the school Primary Orange Beach on town property north of the tennis courts.
- A resolution authorizing the assignment of the rental contract with Intellicom Wireless Management for a wireless communication tower.
- A resolution authorizing a franchise for ABM Waste Management to remove and dispose of commercial solid waste and to remove and transport construction and demolition debris.
- A resolution moving the regular and working sessions of the council from June 1 to June 8.
- Schedule public hearings for May 18 on a change to the Buffering Order, Caribe Seaside, which provides for a condo tower directly east of Cotton Bayou beach access and changes to the development of planned unit of Sunset Park on Canal Road.