MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Construction along parts of Schillinger Road is creating some delays and detours. It’s just the beginning of a multi-phase project to widen the entire length of the road.
From Highway 158, all the way to Interstate 10, 17 miles of roadway is set to go to four lanes. It’s a case of filling in the gaps, since portions of the 17 mile stretch already have four lanes.
The latest project is partially funded by the Mobile County Commission in hopes of easing the flow of traffic throughout the western part of Mobile County for drivers traveling North and South.
Because of the construction, Public Information Officer for Mobile County, Dena Pollard told FOX10 News closures are expected, some as early as September 8.
“We do have a road closure at the intersection of Theodore Dawes Road and Creel Road. Those intersections will be closed,” said Pollard.
On the north side of Schillinger, it’s a different story altogether.
Because of the excessive traffic on Schillinger Road, some business owners have taken matters into their own hands by building far enough off the road in anticipation of a road expansion.
At Rowell’s Sporting Goods, owner Keith Rowell did just that.
“That's going to keep them from getting into my parking lot. There's nothing worse than going in there and losing part of you parking and having customers and not having a place to park. We knowingly, when we built the building, that they were eventually five-lane all this so we went ahead and set everything back far enough so when they take it, we still have plenty of room and it won't affect any of our parking there,” said Rowell.
But it’s not just traffic outside his storefront window that is the problem. It’s north, less than a mile up the road at Moffett and Schillinger – one of the busiest intersections on the construction route.
“When you get to the light at Moffett and Schillingers, it gets so congested sometimes you have to wait two or three times before the light changes before you can actually make it through the light. People try and avoid it and go around a different way. Hopefully it will help some of the congestion. They've got it five-laned all the way up to Howell's Ferry. And then when it gets off of that, it goes into two lane,” said Rowell
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