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Relief on the way for Alabaster drivers who travel Highway 119

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Driving down Highway 119 in Alabaster is a headache for drivers.

"Most of the time, we go the back way to get around here because usually, the traffic is pretty heavy, “said Alabaster Resident John Brock.

Things get even worse when you hit the intersection Fulton Springs Road.

"We'll sit at that light at the neighborhood Market all the way back to pass the kangaroo it takes like 20 minute some days if not longer,” said  Danielle Dewilde of Alabaster.

But, relief is on the way. From the one-mile stretch from Fulton Springs Road to just south of Veterans Park is going to five lanes — two travel lanes in each direction and a multi-use lane.

"It would definitely help,” continued Dewilde.

"I'm going to be very excited about seeing that. They really need to open the road up,” Brock said.

It'll be a few years before the work begins, though.

"From a dirt moving perspective. we're probably looking at 2019 at the earliest,” said Alabaster City manager Brian Binzer.

The Federal Highway Administration recently gave Alabaster the green light to move forward with the full engineering and design.

"The concept that we had approved by the federal government does have some potential impacts,” said Binzer.

That could mean buying upwards of 30 properties along Highway 119.

"We’re going to see how much we can shrink the road itself, so we don't impact people as much. That’s our goal number one. We don't want to move people out of their properties, but if we do run into a situation. We will try to minimize that as much as we can," he said.

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