Gulf Shores moves forward with major road, public safety projects amid rapid growth . . .
Alabama's beaches had a record-breaking tourist season in 2021 with $1 billion in sales and nearly $700 milion in lodging.
The increase in tourism combined with a rise in new residents is puttint a strain on city services and transportation infrastructure in Gulf Shores. Based on the 2020 census, Gulf Shores was the fastest growing city in the state of Alabama with 54% growth.
The city of Gulf Shores has many projects to alleviate some of these pain points. Highway 59 will be widened - the plan involves a third lane from County Road 8, over the Holmes Bridge, to Fort Morgan Road. There will be a pedestrian bridge which will be located on Second Street, behind LuLu's, cross over the Intracoastal Waterway and connect near Tacky Jack's at the start of Canal Road. It's an area the city intends to turn into a walkable entertainment district.
Plans are also underway to building a new Justice Center, including a police station, jail and courthouse. Preparation for many of the projects will begin this Summer 2022, with construction slated for the end of the year. The city intends to complete its vision by 2025, and begin plannning for the next 10 years.