New Plans for the Causeway Take Shape

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5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Causeway (Source: bz3rk, Wikipedia)

My favorite of the beers from Fairhope Brewing says it best: Take the Causeway

Not only is it a good IPA, it's also good advice. When you take the Causeway, you won't always get across Mobile Bay fastest, but you will be less likely to have severe congestion. Plus, the slower speeds allow you to get a better look at the surrounding natural beauty of our Mobile Bay Delta. 

It really is beautiful. And that's exactly why Spanish Fort authorities are moving forward with plans to develop the "Spanish Fort Causeway" with an eye toward recreation and tourism. The Spanish Fort City Council voted unanimously to approve a master plan that includes bike and pedestrian paths, fishing piers, more parks, and access points for canoes and kayaks. According to the al.com story, residential development is not included. The lack of residential development is almost certain to be a source of debate, but I'm hopeful it won't be too controversial -- and for a couple of reasons:

1. The traffic -- The Causeway would remain a major highway (90/98) and needs to take pressure off the Bayway. Even when a wider Bayway and Mobile River Bridge is finally constructed, the Causeway will still be an important route across the Bay.

2. The natural beauty -- The Mobile Bay Delta is gorgeous. If you don't believe me, take a boat tour and really see it. It's the attraction here, and its tourism potential lies in our stewardship of this resource. I like that the "development" plans are designed to highlight the Delta and not to overbuild the Delta. 

If you're wondering why Spanish Fort is doing all this, it's because most of the Causeway is within the city limits of Spanish Fort. (That's always seemed odd to me, but there you go). Mobile's portion of the Causeway basically runs west from the USS Alabama. And of course, it's a state highway and ALDOT would be at the table as this moves forward. 

If you want to get involved or learn more, there's a meeting today (Tue 5/8) at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Causeway. It runs from 5PM-7PM.  

Here's a LINK to the master plan.


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