Regarding GulfQuest, “the elephant on the river,” all Mobilians need to realize that Mobile is not a “destination place.” We are that obstacle that people from the east and northeast have to go through to get to the casinos of south Mississippi or to New Orleans.
The people from the west or northwest come through Mobile to get to south Baldwin, to Emerald Coast beaches or to the tourist places of central Florida. For all these people it is maybe a lunch stop or a refueling place at most.
Another debacle is in the planning for downtown and reducing the traffic along Water Street. In 2000, I traveled I-165 and Water Street to go to work in Baldwin County. Often I wondered why the waste of money building that corridor; very few cars traveled it.
I now use that same corridor to drive to work downtown. On I-165, policing is needed as it is now a raceway. On Water Street, we often sit for traffic signals seven to eight cars deep. When the AL-158 corridor is complete and it becomes U.S. 98, how is all the beach-bound traffic going go get to I-10 coming out of the northwest?
GPS I-165 and Water Street. There’s more traffic along a reduced traffic corridor. Why do we need parks in the median of such a busily traveled traffic flow?
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