Getting Results: Safety Improvements For Whitesburg Drive
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) -
The problem was on the stretch of Huntsville’s Whitesburg Drive, south of Four Mile Post Road. In the turn lane there were no turn arrows at Sanders Road and Cole Drive. Contrast that with turn arrows for every other intersection along Whitesburg.
“It could be a head on-collision very easily,” said Huntsville driver Jim Duncan.
The problem was made worse by school traffic to get to Whitesburg Elementary and Whitesburg Middle School. Northbound drivers taking their kids to school get in the turn lane early to turn left onto Sanders Road. That was a real problem for southbound drivers wanting to turn left onto Cole Drive.
The lack of turn arrows for both streets presented a definite problem: Drivers traveling in opposite directions trying to use the same lane.
Jim Duncan asked WHNT News 19 to take action and get the city to paint the arrows. We did just that, discussing the situation with city traffic engineers. The city realized the danger, and painted arrows in the turn lane.
“I was elated,” said Duncan. “Both my wife and I saw them at the same time. We got the arrows that needed to be there. We appreciate that.”
WHNT News 19 did our job, making a stretch of road safer. This turn lane will no longer drive anyone crazy.