Foley Beach Express takes steps to alleviate backups
The new Beach Express GO! program is proving to be a huge success, offering much needed relief to the heavily trafficked Highway 59 in Gulf Shores, according to Neal Belitsky, CEO of bridge owner, American Roads.
Summer toll rates have been reduced from $3.50 to $2.75. Registered voters in Orange Beach pay $1.25 (cash) and $1 (electronic). Since June 28, the Beach Expressway has seen an a 9 percent increase in bridge traffic.
In addition to lowering tolls and providing a plan to move traffic more freely over the bridge during periods of high demand, the design and engineering is progressing on the scheduled $5.3 million in work for 2018 to include adding a third, reversible lane to accommodate two lanes of traffic in one direction and electronic tolling to help eliminate the need to stop for toll payment.
“We have had no plaza related delays since the program began, and we have also seen an increase of 38% in travelers opening new accounts and a 19% increase in existing customers expanding their accounts allowing users to take advantage of even lower fares,” said Belitsky.
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