Trail Updates - October 2014
Gator Alley in Daphne at North Main Street - Heavy rains and flooding in late April washed away much of the boardwalk at Gator Alley, including the newly constructed boardwalk connector to the western side of US 98 at the Hampton Inn. The city of Daphne Public Works Dept. has completed the reconstruction of the boardwalk; cyclists and pedestrians are welcome to cross D’Olive Creek again for wildlife watching or to get under Interstate 10.
Scenic Hwy 98 between County Road 13 and Al Highway 181 - Construction of this last segment of the Eastern Shore Trail is now slated for January 2015. Officials at the Baldwin County Highway Department report that they hope to put the project out for bid in December 2014. Final plans are currently under review by the Alabama Department of Transportation and the federal highway department.
In September 2013 the Trailblazers and the Baldwin County Commission were awarded a Federal Transportation Alternatives Program grant of $308,324.00 toward this segment's construction. On December 3, 2013, the Trailblazers presented a check for $77,041 in Trailblazers-raised matching funds to the Baldwin County Commission for this final segment’s construction - the completion of the Eastern Shore Trail.
Beyond Highway 1 on Scenic Highway 98 - Efforts are underway to prohibit the mailman from driving on the Trail to deliver mail. It is against federal and state of Alabama law for motorized vehicles of any kind to drive on the Trail, including the mailman. The U.S. Postal Service has been reluctant to require homeowners to relocate their mailboxes to the street side of the Trail.
Vehicles parking on Scenic Highway 98 beyond
the Grand Hotel - The Fairhope Police Department
is helping get lawn maintenance vehicles, construction vehicles, and utility company vehicles off the Trail.
Anyone can call the Fairhope Police Department at 251-928-2385 when a vehicle is parked on the Trail.
Yard Waste Pick-up on Scenic Hwy 98 from the Grand Hotel to Weeks Bay - Baldwin County Solid Waste Department picks up yard waste on the second Monday of the month on this stretch of Scenic Hwy 98. If yard waste needs to be put on the road shoulder before that week, residents can call the Baldwin County Solid Waste Department at 251-972-6878 for earlier pick-up. It is unsightly, dangerous to trail users and against the law to put any solid waste on the Trail.
New Trail Signage - New more visible trail signage has recently been installed in the city of Daphne. Signage for the rest of the Eastern Shore Trail has just been ordered and will be installed on the entire Trail within the next few months.
Causeway US 90 - Cyclists have reported glass and debris on the Causeway shoulders. Trailblazers have reported the problem to Alabama Department of Transportation and have been assured that ALDOT will sweep the Causeway on a more regular basis.