Gulf Shores Receives State Grant

A $100,000 grant awarded by Gov. Robert Bentley will enable the City of Gulf Shores to widen an existing trail to accommodate more users.

The city will expand a section of the Fort Morgan Road Trail, located between Alabama Highway 59 and West Fairway Drive, from 6 feet to 10 feet wide to give adequate space for both walkers and cyclists. City officials say the project will increase pedestrian access to nearby restaurants, fishing piers, campgrounds and other attractions.

“From residents to tourists to retirees, many people benefit from the trails in and around Gulf Shores,” Bentley said. “I am pleased to help the city widen this trail so even more people can enjoy it.”

The trail is just over five miles long and runs along Fort Morgan Road from Alabama Highway 59 to the entrance of Peninsula Golf and Racquet Club.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grant from funds made available by the Federal Highway Administration’s Recreational Trails Program. ADECA administers an array of programs supporting law enforcement and traffic safety, economic development, energy conservation, workforce development, water resource management and recreation development.

Bentley notified Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft the grant had been approved. The city is contributing $40,000 in matching funds for the project.

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