Will Road Construction Delay School Traffic?

Will Road Construction Delay School Traffic?

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Tripp Miles and his little brother are both looking forward to going back to school.

"Um, making new friends," says Tripp.

What they're not looking forward to is a possible delay driving into school Monday on Springhill Avenue where crews are resurfacing a lane.

A portion of a lane has been closed down. This stretch of Springhill Avenue and it's causing backups every few minutes. But can you imagine what it will be like Monday when school starts back and you've got St. Ignatius right up the street.

"Well, I'm always in favor of improvements but, the congestion you would not believe on a normal good day. So unless they can get it finished by the time school starts Monday, I think we're looking at a big problem," says Mary Emily Miles.

Asphalt superintendent, Joey Bowden with John G. Walton Construction says they've had a few setbacks, but are rolling now.

"Think we took a lightning strike on a piece of equipment. It's operating now, so we're going to pave today and tomorrow and try to finish it," says Bowden.

It's about a half mile stretch from Forest Hill to McGregor. Weather permitting; crews hope to be finished by the end of Saturday. Tommy Sheffield, facilities director with Mobile Public Schools says there are some schools that will see ongoing construction throughout the year and drivers may be detoured around those spots, but they're not expecting any other delays.

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