JACKSON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - August of 2011, that's when WHNT News 19 took action on Highway 35 in Jackson County. The busy four lane goes up the mountain from Scottsboro to Section. When we first visited there were two problems, dips in the roads surface, and inadequate guard rails.
Talitha Payne lives in Section, and she's the viewer who alerted us to the problems on 35. "For one thing, the road is so rough it will throw you if you're not careful, and there's one spot where it's either slid or dropped. If you hit it just right, it will throw you into the guard rail," said Talitha last August. It was doubly dangerous, since the guard rails were bent and damaged, and in some cases below the level of the road's surface.
We took action at the time and talked to the Alabama DOT. Since our conversation they've paved the low spots, and crews are now working their way up the mountain installing new guard rails. Not only are they straight, but they're also much taller than the old rails.
The bottom line on Highway 35, we took action, and the state has responded. Talitha Payne is happy. "You took action and you actually got results. Cause I've had people say, I'll get results and you know, maybe they'll do something or say something and it'll never. But Ya'll actually do. You get results and I like it," said Talitha.
Mrs. Payne was laughing when she said she appreciated our efforts. That's our goal, put a smile on the faces of viewers who share their problems and ask us to take action.
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