Schillinger Road widening project gets underway

Schillinger Road Work

 

If you live, work, or play in west Mobile, you are probably going to be impacted by a major road project that started Monday.

Work crews are widening Schillinger Road between Howells Ferry and Moffett Road, which is Highway 98.

The good news is, it’s being expanded from two lanes to five lanes.

But, it won’t happen overnight.

NEW BRIDGE INCLUDED IN PROJECT

Survey crews were out Monday making plans for one important piece of the Schillinger Road project:  building a new bridge over the railroad tracks near St. Augustine Drive.

Lee Reach with the Alabama Department of Transportation said, “We’re going to put a new bridge just to the west of where the current crossing is, where you never have to stop.  It will go over the railroad tracks, and trains will go under the bridge.”

Work also started Monday installing utilities along the right of way on Schillinger.

Reach said, “There may be intermittent lane closures to accommodate this, but, mainly, it will be out of the roadway.”

13,000 VEHICLES A DAY

When the project is finished, Schillinger will be widened from two lanes to five.

Reach said, “Right now, we have about 13,000 vehicles a day travelling these two lane roads, and its very congested.  If you live in this area, it takes you a long time to get from Point A to Point B.”

Workers said the project will cause some inconveniences, but, Reach said, “We’ve taken some steps to reduce that, like lane closures during peak times.  The contractor is not allowed to do that. They’re required to keep at least one access open to all businesses at all times.”

“I’M VERY GLAD TO SEE IT”

Karen Graves lives on Schillinger Road at Bermuda Drive, near where the new railroad bridge is going to be built.

She’s not worried about driving to her home.

Graves said, “We have access behind our house to go to Bermuda (Drive), and they’re supposed to be widening that all the way to 98.  I’m very glad to see it.”

WATCH SPEED LIMITS

H, for those of you who drive along Schillinger, keep an eye out for signs saying which lanes will be closed and when.

State transportation officials are urging motorists to be careful driving through the area.

Reach said, “Through the whole project, speed zones will be dropped. I’ve also talked to the state troopers and the Mobile County Sheriff’s (Office), and there’s going to be heavy enforcement through this area.”

The project will cost nearly $20 Million in state and mostly federal money.

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