Some much-needed changes are happening in West Mobile. Phase two of the Ziegler widening project is now underway. The project covers the stretch between Athey Road and Forest Hill Drive.
If you've traveled down Zeigler Boulevard in West Mobile, chances are you've also run into traffic delays - especially during the fair.
Just ask City Councilwoman Gina Gregory, who represents this district, and Vice President of the Alpine Hills Community Action Group Teresa McClure
"It's backed up, always backed up. It's busy during the day anyway, but the morning and evening drives are especially bad," Gregory said.
"The traffic is very heavy, even in low times of the day," McClure said.
It's a problem that's in the process of being fixed as crews get closer to widening the street. Other major improvements will be added as well. Walking to Langan Park will be a little easier.
"We are going to go from a two-lane road to a four-lane road with a turn lane. We will keep our secondary roads on either side. We will have sidewalks all the way from - probably from Cody to the park" McClure said.
This multi-million dollar project is sponsored by the city, county, and federal government. It didn't happen overnight, however.
"It's taken us some twenty years to get here," Gregory said.
Along with her residents, Gregory has been pushing for Zeigler to be widened. This area is home for her, and she's happy to finally see it all come to fruition.
"I am part of it. I hear from my residents, who have asked me for all of these years when we will ever see it," Gregory said.
As with all major projects, it will cause traffic backups.
"And people will be frustrated. We just ask people to be patient because the end result will be well worth it," Gregory said.
The project will take about two to three years to complete.