See, Click, Fix: Madison Blvd./County Line Rd.

A business owner says construction zones and speed limit changes are already hurting sales.
A business owner says construction zones and speed limit changes are already hurting sales.

One month ago, Governor Robert Bentley and Madison City leaders celebrated groundbreaking for the new I-565 interchange at County Line Road. The construction hasn't started yet, but the speed limit's already changed there and along Madison Boulevard.

"At the light, it drops to 25 going towards Madison," said Rick Sechrest. "And then, it doesn't climb to 35 or higher until you're way out here, which is way beyond what's going to be in the construction zone."

That's just part of Sechrest's concerns about the changes. His wife owns Bodacious Pet Spa, which is just east of the Madison Boulevard-County Line Road intersection. He says for two to three weeks now, he's seen police officers pulling over drivers who speed through the new lower limit zone.

He said it's hurting their 8-month old shop. They count on potential customers seeing their business sign out front, and instead?

"What they're doing is they're turning off before they get to this area and going through the industrial park and coming out on County Line Road to avoid the speed traps," said Sechrest.

Madison Police was contacted, and Major Jim Cooke told me that at most of the traffic stops there, officers are only giving out warnings about the speed limit change.

Sechrest's issue isn't with the police. It's with the set-up. "The signage should have been flagged," said Sechrest. "I didn't even notice it, and I come on this road a lot."

Madison Mayor Troy Trulock said it's an ALDOT project, so the state's in charge of setting up the zones and speed limit signs. We're contacting ALDOT to see if more flags or signs can be added.

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