McCutcheon requests ALDOT study of deadly Limestone County intersection

McCutcheon requests ALDOT study of deadly Limestone County intersection

On Wednesday, Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon, R-Limestone County, said he requested a traffic study for the intersection of Burgreen Road and Highway 72.

He said he spoke with Alabama Department of Transportation Assistant chief engineer Ed Austin to arrange the study.

Austin has not returned a request for comment.

Following the June death of a motorcyclist at the intersection, locals called on the ALDOT and Limestone County to act.

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The intersection has a history of fatal crashes. WAFF 48 News found reports of deaths back to 2005.

ALDOT engineer Robin Rhoden said the study will only take a day or two, but weeks to schedule.

Once the study is complete, ALDOT and Limestone County will determine the best solution for public safety and financial resources.

Limestone County District 2 Commissioner Steve Turner said he will work to maximize public safety and financial resources when picking a solution.

ALDOT and the county have faced local criticism for inaction due to perceived financial shortcomings.

"We would never put financial constraints in front of taking care of citizens lives, that is absurd for anyone to think that. But at the same time, if the money's not there, it's not there," Turner said.

He said he has talked to the county engineers and is interested in making the intersection right turn only.

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