Tolls slashed on bridge to Alabama beaches through Labor Day

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JOHN SHARP, jsharp@al.com

From now through Labor Day weekend, summer travelers who take the Foley Beach Express Bridge to Orange Beach will be paying a lower toll fare.

The one-way toll was lowered Wednesday to $2.75 from the long-time $3.50. Also, the summer rate for Orange Beach residents with an electronic account will be set at $1, or $1.25 if residents pay with cash.

The temporary easing of rates is part of a “Beach Express GO!” campaign that seeks to be more welcoming of high season traffic and take pressure off the jammed Alabama 59.

Detroit-based American Roads LLC, which acquired the toll bridge in 2007, is leading the campaign. After Labor Day, the company will undertake a $5 million project to more broadly address traffic congestion plaguing Alabama’s beach cities.

“We greatly appreciate American Roads and this good-faith effort,” said Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon. “It’s a big deal. This is a great first step.”

Said Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft: “This is a wonderful alternative and we like this first step. We are still looking forward to a long-term solution that carries us beyond this time frame.”

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