HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – South Memorial Parkway in Huntsville is always busy. To ease traffic a bit, there are access roads both north and south bound. One of the south bound access roads takes drivers to Meadowbrook Drive. That’s the preferred route for drivers who want to turn right on to Meadowbrook. “That’s what the access road is for,” says Ronda Marsh.
Unfortunately there’s a problem. Drivers travelling south on the Parkway may also turn right at Meadowbrook, but as a sign above the road tells them, not on red. They can turn right on green. That means that drivers on two separate, unrelated lanes, think they have the right-of-way. “You could have a pile up or something,” says Rodna.
To be clear the problem is made worse because drivers on the access road stop at the stop sign, look to the left, and if there’s no traffic approaching, they proceed. “I would think I had the right of way, and I would just go, and it would be very easy for someone to run into me if they were turning on the green light,” says Jovanna Rodriguez.
Drivers at the access road stop sign cannot easily see drivers coming from behind them on the parkway. Drivers who may turn right on a green light without stopping. Obviously, this could lead to a collision.
We’re taking action and making sure state traffic engineers are aware of the situation. It appears that making a legal right turn at this intersection, really can be dangerous.