MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WAFF) - The state has come up with a solution for a deadly intersection in northern Madison County.
The Alabama Department of Transportation has completed a study of the traffic problems at Dug Hill Road and U.S. 72 and decided on a fix.
State Sen. Sam Givhan said ALDOT’s solution is to turn the intersection into an "R" intersection. That means drivers on Dug Hill Road will no longer be able to cross all four lanes of U.S. 72. They’ll install a concrete rise in the road preventing drivers on Dug Hill Road from driving straight across U.S. 72. This will force Dug Hill Road drivers to make right turns and wrap around the head east or west.
Drivers will have to turn onto U.S. 72, then make a U-turn, then another turn to get back onto Dug Hill Road.
Givhan had preferred putting a stoplight at the intersection. Officials tossed around the idea of a light there but believed there was a chance it could cause even more crashes.
“We’ve been fortunate that there haven’t been more fatalities there, but there are a lot of accidents there, and I think something had to be done. This is the way that the Department of Transportation chose to attack that problem,” said Givhan.
He is not certain what the project will cost but says it should be finished by the end of September.
A majority of the crashes have been northbound traffic on Dug Hill Road misjudging the speed of people traveling on U.S. 72.