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Reality Check: 'Causeway Master Plan'

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SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) - Spanish Fort city leaders approved a multi-million-dollar project that promises to bring safety and aesthetic improvements to the Causeway.

But some citizens are concerned about what will happen when Mother Nature takes a toll on the improvements.

Most feedback from Spanish Fort residents about this project has been positive.

One resident we spoke with is excited about the improvements coming, but he is worried about something that we are all worried about: hurricanes.

Mayor Mike McMillan says with the construction of the new I-10 bridge on the horizon, now is the time to make things safer.

Monday night, Spanish Fort city leaders unanimously approved the "Causeway Master Plan" that was unvield last month.

Mayor McMillan says the plan paves the way for an expansion sidewalk system and bike lanes, as well as rest stops and parks for fishing, kayaking and other outdoor activities.

Not only would the master plan aim at improving the roadway, the plan is also to eventually connect all of the recently installed sidewalks from Weeks Bay throughout the Eastern Shore.

In total, it's a $20 -24 million project, part of which they'll rely on grants to fund.

Officials say they'll now work on securing grants in hopes of beginning this long-awaited project

City leaders hope to begin constructing the project in stages beginning in 2019.

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