After a number of setbacks, Foley’s Fern Avenue extension connecting Highway 59 and the Foley Beach Express will open on Monday, April 6 at 8 a.m.
“We are pleased to offer our citizens another east/west alternative between Highway 59 and the Beach Express. More importantly, it will give our neighbors to the south quicker access to the hospital, saving time and potentially saving lives,” said Foley Mayor John Koniar.
The new east/west connector, which is two miles in length, will allow emergency vehicles from the south to bypass Foley’s downtown. This will enable faster, safer transport for patients en route to South Baldwin Regional Medical Center while also reducing traffic interruptions in the city center.
The project is a cooperative agreement between ALDOT and the city. Foley applied for a grant of Federal ATRIP dollars, which was awarded and administered by ALDOT. The plans were provided by the city and approved by ALDOT. The construction funding was 80 percent federal and 20 percent local. The construction plans were funded by the city and were required to meet ALDOT and FHWA approval.
Initially, there will be a crossover for north-bound traffic on the Foley Beach Express to access Fern Avenue. Officials anticipate that in the future, traffic counts will justify a traffic signal at this location.