Travel along Canal Road in Orange Beach will soon be easier thanks to a widening project that has been funded by the Restore Act.

The Restore Act, created with $275 million in penalties from the Deepwater Horizon (BP) oil spill, will help pay for the widening project this fall. Orange Beach received $40 million from the Restore Act fund.

Some of the other projects in Orange Beach that will be funded by the Restore Act include the creation of a $9 million Gulf Coast Environment Research Station for Auburn University, the environmental restoration of Cotton Bayou and Terry Cove, and the expansion of the Orange Beach Wildlife Center.

In addition to the projects in line for RESTORE Act funds, Orange Beach has been approved to receive $622,915 via the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment established to address natural resource damages sustained by the 2010 BP oil spill.

The money will fund the Coastal Alabama Sea Turtle (CAST) Triage project that will provide a new, appropriately equipped facility and program for the initial triage, treatment, release, and/or transfer of injured or ill sea turtles.

Currently, Alabama has no facilities equipped for handling sea turtle strandings. The project would construct a new facility on property owned by the City of Orange Beach and establish a program that would be supported by the City of Orange Beach in the future.