Without any cars or trucks on it, Cullman County Road 1843 looks fine. But when you add traffic, it can be a little dicey.
"If it's night or dusky, you cannot see the people coming," said Pam Keeton. She drives this road a lot, and she's seen a lot of close calls and a few accidents.
CR 1843 curves off of U.S. Highway 231, winds around and then sharply curves downhill to a one-land bridge. "You actually have to stop on the other side of the bridge to let traffic come through," said Keeton. "Or if you're in the middle of the bridge, you have nowhere to go."
Keeton's son was run off the road over the summer, and she says three weeks ago, her friend's son crashed. "He was coming through, and it was dusky dark and got over too far, thinking the road went straight, and he ended up in the trees," said Keeton.
Other drivers found him, but a little farther or to the left and he might have veered about 15 feet to the creek below. On the eastern side of the bridge, a tree blocks the sign, warning of the sharp turn ahead, until you're right up on it.
Keeton would like to see the county make some changes soon. "I would want the bridge wider, make it a two-lane instead of a one-lane, and get this curve out of here, just because you can't see," said Keeton. "You have this curve and another curve, and you can't see around either one."
We're working with Cullman County engineers to see what can be done.