County Pay-As-You-Go Funds To Assist Expansions on McGregor Avenue and Zeigler Boulevard
In an effort to provide a safer and enhanced thoroughfare on Zeigler Boulevard, Mobile County is pleased to announce its partnership with the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) and City of Mobile.
For many years, the widening of Zeigler Boulevard has been a top priority for citizens living along the Zeigler Boulevard corridor from Forest Hill Drive to Schillinger Road primarily due to traffic congestion and safety concerns. Delays with receiving state approval on road redesign work, railroad property permits and a city shortfall in estimated project funding kept the project at bay for a number of years and became a major source of frustration for government officials and citizens alike.
In 2016, Mobile County appropriated $4.1 million in funding through the Pay-As-You-Go Transportation Program to assist the City with Phases I and II of the Zeigler Boulevard Expansion project. With an additional $21.7 million appropriation from federal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding and approximately $1.3 million from the City of Mobile, both Phases of Zeigler Boulevard construction are now underway.
Construction on Phase I includes an expansion to four or more lanes between Schillinger Road North eastward to Cody Road North that began in late 2019. ALDOT has design and construction responsibility for the Project in conjunction with the City of Mobile. The tentative date for completion, according to City Engineering, is October 2021.
Phase II construction includes the widening of Zeigler Boulevard to four or more lanes from Athey Road eastward to Forest Hill Drive. Administration of the project design and construction is the responsibility of the City of Mobile and the tentative date for completion is February 2023.
In addition to the Zeigler Boulevard project, the Mobile County Commission is also assisting the City of Mobile with the South McGregor Avenue expansion project to widen the roadway from Airport Boulevard northward to Dauphin Street and construct a new bridge culvert over Eslava Creek. The County appropriated $1.4 million in 2016 Pay-As-You-Go Transportation Program funding as the 20% required match to the $5.9 million in federal funding earmarked for the project. Currently, the project is in the design and right-of-way acquisition phase. The City will manage the construction phase.