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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Be prepared to slow down as road projects are beginning to pop up across the area. Some people say it's a speed trap if you're not careful. 

It's best to slow down on south Memorial Parkway or risk paying doubled fines for speeding in the construction zone. 

"Of course, they should always slow down and obey the posted speed limit. Watch for workers, equipment or vehicles entering the roadway as they drive into the work zone," said Seth Burkett.  

Although the construction zone is marked with traffic barrels and bright orange signs, the actual speed limit is now visible, but that wasn't always the case according to a report filed under the SeeClickFix section stated, "There are plenty of signs about speeding fines doubled in construction zone, but I saw no speed limit signs."

Some have even commented that it's a trap.

However, Alabama Transportation Department North Region Spokesman Seth Burkett says the work zone is properly signed for everyone's safety.

"People are working, and we definitely don't want anybody to gets hurt both for the motoring public and for the safety of the workers," Burkett said.  

Burkett says the intent is to alert drivers to reduce their speed to a minimum of two miles per hour. 

"Bare with it. It's for the future and for the better roadway that would serve the public better. It's a short-term inconvenience for a long-term benefit," said Burkett.  

The current speed limit for the south parkway road project is 45 MPH. ALDOT says the estimated $60 million overhaul will likely take a few years to complete. 

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