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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

If you drive through Hoover regularly, city leaders say to get ready for some changes.

Leisa Roby says she's tries to take back roads to avoid Highway 31, but it's not an option at times because she shops at a lot of the businesses here.

"Retailers up 31, T.J. Maxx and Homegoods, sometimes can be a bit crowded and you just have to be patient and wait," said Roby.

Hoover Mayor Gary Ivey says the Chapel Lane extension has helped Highway 31 and he says another relief to the traffic congestion is coming. A widening project will begin in April, adding one lane on Highway 31 in both directions. The new lanes will begin at I-459 and extend down to the Cahaba River Bridge. He says a turning lane will also be added on Highway 31 north, where drivers turn to get on I-459 south toward Tuscaloosa.

"That's a real bottleneck for us, that turn. Bottleneck shuts down a lane every day," said Ivey.

Also in Hoover, another new business is coming to town. The empty lot next to "Rooms to Go" is the future home of "Field and Stream." It's set open during the holiday shopping season. The mayor says it will be a 50,000 square foot facility owned by Dicks Sporting Goods. He says it is an upscale outdoors and sporting goods store.

"It is going to be a true addition, going to be the kind of deal that'll be a destination to the city. People will literally come stay overnight to go shopping there," said Ivey.

Mayor Ivey says Jefferson County and ALDOT have plans to build a road that goes over the hill near Chick-Fil-A and Ashley Furniture.  It will connect Highway 150 to old Highway 31. There is no word when that project will begin.

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