Hurricane-Damaged Highway Almost Repaired

Gulf Shores, AL – State highway officials say the beachfront highway in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach should be repaired and repaved by this weekend. Hurricane Ivan damaged Alabama Highway 182 when it hit two weeks ago. Officials with the state Department of Transportation gave a repaving progress report to a legislative panel Wednesday in Montgomery. Deputy Transportation Director Don Vaughn said at the meeting that Ivan caused at least 25 million dollars in damage to Alabama's roads and bridges. And Vaughn says that figure could continue to increase because damage estimates are still being reported. The Federal Highway Administration will reimburse the state for Ivan-related road repairs that are finished in the first four months after the hurricane.