FAIRHOPE — The name might be boring but renaming a section of roadway at the Dyas Triangle in Fairhope will clear up confusion about highway designations, Fairhope officials said.The Fairhope …
FAIRHOPE — The name might be boring but renaming a section of roadway at the Dyas Triangle in Fairhope will clear up confusion about highway designations, Fairhope officials said.
The Fairhope City Council voted Monday, June 13 to name the road extending from U.S. 98 to Scenic 98 on the north side of the Triangle as Triangle Drive. The road had been referred to in the past as the western end of Alabama 104. Officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation said, however, that the western end of Alabama 104 is at U.S. 98 and the remaining section of road is a city street.
Fairhope City Councilman Jack Burrell said officials tried to think of a more exciting name but could not find a suitable designation.
"I think it's about the most boring name we could possibly come up with, but I can't come up with a better and we tried," Burrell said. "We had several ideas, and they just wouldn't fly because there was something already close to them."
City Council President Jimmy Conyers said the name does fit the location of the road.
"Everybody will know where it is at least," Conyers said.
Fairhope is developing a plan to make the 108-acre city-owned Triangle parcel a nature park. The site is located between U.S. 98 and Section Street as well as being bordered by what is now Triangle Drive.
Fairhope bought the property in 2014 after a legal dispute with the owners over development of the land. Fairhope paid $8.75 million for the land after the owner sued the city over being denied permission to develop the site.
In 2021, the city received a grant of $999,989 through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act, known as GOMESA, to develop the site as a nature park.