The new on-campus stadium at the University of South Alabama may be a “Field of Dreams Realized” as described in Jason Johnson’s report in Lagniappe, but for out-of-town visitors and local citizens, the condition of one of the main roads leading to it may be a nightmare. Airport Boulevard between Azalea Road and Hillcrest Road has so many potholes, some wide, some deep and some both, that drivers have to swerve to miss them.
Much attention seems to have been focused on repaving the downtown streets to the apparent delight of Mayor Stimpson, while West Mobile (city) has been neglected. When all of the national football dignitaries arrive for the Senior Bowl in January they may be impressed with the new stadium, but it is going to be an embarrassment for our city for them to see and experience Airport Boulevard in West Mobile.
In the January 1, 2020 issue of Lagniappe, Mayor Stimpson was quoted in “A Promise Reimagined” as stating, “… people don’t want to ride down a pothole-ridden street with patches on it.” In West Mobile I think people would be delighted if they could just get patches on the potholes. Going back and forth between downtown and Spring Hill every day it may be that the mayor does not know the condition of Airport Boulevard in West Mobile.
The mayor has stated that the Senior Bowl visitors will still stay downtown although the stadium has moved to West Mobile. I do not know how he knows this, but when they do come, wherever they stay, he had better find ways to keep them on Old Shell Road, Springhill Avenue or Dauphin Street. Don’t let them see the busiest but most neglected roadway in all of Mobile!
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