Latest Wreck at Morgan County Intersection Brings More Questions About Safety
MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) — The latest wreck at the intersection of highways 36 and 231 in Morgan County have caused many people to express safety concerns about the intersection. In fact, a traffic light was installed back in March. This most recent wreck happened at 11a.m. Tuesday morning. Authorities say a tractor-trailer and a car collided at the intersection. The driver of the car was taken to Huntsville Hospital in serious condition. The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured and the wreck is still under investigation.
Now viewer emailed WHNT News 19 saying: “Traffic on 231 southbound repeatedly ignores or misses the stoplights for traffic entering from eastbound 36. Either Morgan County or ALDOT needs to rethink this intersection design.” The viewer went on to say, “you can park at the Wavaho station and watch the southbound traffic on 231 completely blow the red lights over and over.”
WHNT News 19 took action to find out exactly who is responsible for considerations like this. Alabama Department of Transportation Spokesman Johnny Harris says the intersection falls in the jurisdiction of James Brown who represents ALDOT’s district 2.
Harris says if there were any additional safety modifications to the intersection, the amount of study to make that determination would require a time period much greater than the 4 months the new light has been operable.
Harris also says acquiring any hard data in order to compare the amount of traffic accidents before and after the addition of the new light would require a lengthy data request process through the Alabama Department of Highway Safety.