The Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) will complete the purchase of the Beach Express toll bridge this week, and traffic changes will go into effect immediately.

The Baldwin County Bridge Company has operated the bridge as a toll bridge, but it will now become toll-free because the state is buying the bridge after over a year of litigation and legal proceedings.

Crews for ALDOT will demolish the toll plaza within the next few weeks.

ALDOT will implement traffic control plans at noon on May 23. Only one lane of traffic will be open in each direction.

ALDOT did not give a beginning or ending date for the demolition project or say how long it would take to finish.

The plan is to make the bridge northbound only after the completion of the new bridge nearby. That new bridge will be southbound only.

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