Construction Brings Rough Ride

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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - On Highway 72 west, progress is easy to see. Every night work crews are busy repaving the heavily traveled highway that passes through Huntsville and Madison. Most of the main lane work is complete but not all of it.  What hasn't been fixed at all, the rough median crossings.

"The problem is, they've done a partial job of repaving it, and the middle section is a half to two inches lower than the driving surface on 72," says Joe Morton. He drives through the crossing at County Line Road every day, and doesn't like it. "Cars slow down to about five miles an hour to get across it, without rattling their teeth, or messing up their alignment," says Morton.

Watching the crossing you can see drivers in vehicles bounced and jostled as they cross. Some low slung vehicles actually bottom out. The problem is the same at most of the median crossings in the construction area, and the situation has been this way for a few weeks. "They ought to get the job done and complete it." says Joe Morton

WHNT News 19 took action and contacted the Alabama Department of Transportation regional engineer about the rough crossings. He says as soon as work crews finish the main lane work, they'll pave the crossings. The best news from our conversation, the elimination of the rough crossings ought to happen in days, not weeks.