Baldwin Beach Express

Lawmakers are back in Montgomery this week to try and find a solution for a 200 million dollar shortfall in the state’s General Fund budget.

But one group of state lawmakers wants to pull half a billion dollars out of the General Fund.

A collection of Gulf Coast legislators want to take half of the billion dollar BP oil spill settlement and keep it local, putting it toward road and infrastructure projects and coastal insurance reform.

A new shortcut is opening to Alabama's beaches.

A nearly 13-mile stretch of road called the Baldwin Beach Express opens completely to traffic on Friday. Some sections of the road already have been in use.

The road ties in with Interstate 10 north of Robertsdale and connects with the Foley Beach Express to the south.

The highway allows tourists to bypass the towns of Loxley, Robertsdale and Summerdale. Traffic sometimes backs up on Alabama 59 through the county.

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley will participate in groundbreaking ceremonies for an interchange on Interstate 10 in Baldwin County with the Baldwin Beach Express.

The governor will be joined at 10 a.m. Friday by other state and local officials at the intersection of the Baldwin Beach Express and U.S. 90 near Robertsdale for the groundbreaking.

The $10.6 million interchange will be the final of four projects linking the interchange to the beach. The new interchange is expected to open in the fall of 2014. It will be exit 49 on I-10 to Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.