Supporters, opponents address bridge for Alabama beaches

Published 11-16-2018

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) - Transportation officials in Alabama have gotten plenty of opinions on a proposed bridge to improve access to the state's beaches.

News outlets reported the department of transportation heard from 28 citizens on Thursday in Gulf Shores on two proposals for a road and bridge project that's expected to cost between $56 million and $61 million.

City leaders in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach also testified in favor of the project.

The agency plans to decide on a plan early next year.

Department engineer Vincent Calametti says the agency wants to improve connectivity in the area.

Supporters say a new bridge would improve congestion that clogs roads heading to the beach during the summer. Opponents say it's a waste of money and should not be a top priority for transportation funds.

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