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See, Click, Fix: Garth Rd.'s speed problem

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According to one driver, people speed on a regular basis all the way down to the intersection at Drake Avenue. According to one driver, people speed on a regular basis all the way down to the intersection at Drake Avenue.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It's easy to see why someone would put Garth Road on the See, Click, Fix list. You don't have to hit the gas pedal at all to get some momentum going down the hill on Garth from Chandler Drive.

According to one driver, people speed on a regular basis all the way down to the intersection at Drake Avenue. He or she proposed either putting a stop sign or a speed bump a block south at the Appalachee Drive intersection. That's right before the big drop on the hill.

Huntsville's Traffic Engineering Department says there's a problem with both ideas. The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices dictates that you can't use a stop sign for speed control. Also, it's not possible for engineers to put a speed bump on Garth Road at that intersection because it's at the top of the hill. According to the manual, you can't place them on vertical or horizontal curves or downhills.      

Now, to a fix that you'll see if you drive out of Redstone Arsenal at Gate 1, Martin Road.  Just as you take the exit ramp to Memorial Parkway south, there have been several cracks and potholes right in the middle of the ramp.  One driver wrote on our See, Click Fix section that cars were swerving and braking quickly, making it dangerous.  

A Huntsville Public Works crew checked it out and decided it needed a patch job. So, workers laid down dark patches of asphalt. And now, it's much smoother.

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