Road expansion starts Monday

The 3.45 mile stretch between Highway 98 and Howells Ferry Road is going to be expanding from two to five lanes beginning Monday, February 10 which includes construction of a new bridge over the Illinois Central railroad tracks near St. Augustine Drive and replace existing traffic signals at Wards Lane and Moffett Road (US-98).

The complex project is estimated to finish in 30 months, in part due to the amount of time consuming utility relocation efforts involved before full-scale roadway construction can occur.

It’s an expansion some who travel the road said they’re looking forward to despite the fact it will take about two and a half years.

“When you get to the Moffett Road intersection you’re lucky if you get to the light in three changes so it’s definitely needed,” Randy James said.

James said it’s inconvenient now, but in the long run it’s going to be well worth the hassle of taking an alternate route.

Some, however, don’t feel as optimistic.

The general manager of the Arby’s near the intersection of Highway 98 and Schillinger Road said the construction is going to take a toll on business.

“It’s going to kill our business. Our sales are going to drop tremendously and that means that my employees are going to lose hours they are going to lose their pay they have families,” Jennifer Hudson said.

Those who travel the road should expect delays and are encouraged to seek alternate routes.

Reduced speed limits will also be posted throughout the construction zone so drivers are encouraged to be aware of construction workers.

The Mobile County sponsored Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program (ATRIP) project will be 80 percent federally funded.

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