MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – Driving around the Tennessee Valley takes skill. Some drivers are more courteous than others. Some are more defensive and others just don’t care about the law. A Madison County man sees that happening in his subdivision.
Ralph Sparks told WHNT NEWS 19 construction workers are the ones causing his issues. He lives in Madison’s Foxfield subdivision and has dealt with work crews blocking roundabouts, fire hydrants and intersections for months. He has a simple request for the construction crews: please follow the rules.
Sparks has several years of driving behind the wheel. He has only a couple of years of experience living in the Foxfield subdivision.
“It’s a very nice neighborhood. It has very nice neighbors. Nice folks live here,” said Sparks.
It’s the people who don’t live in the neighborhood who are giving Sparks grief.
“The biggest problem we have is a lot of construction workers, with a lot of houses being built, who seem to ignore the traffic laws,” added Sparks.
One of Sparks’ problem areas is the subdivision’s main roundabout. He says construction crews drive through it the wrong way, block access to other drivers and sometimes refuse to budge.
“You’re there. They are there. You have to back up or they have to back up. You’re going the right way, but at some point someone has to move,” added Sparks.
One other thing grinding Sparks’ gears is when crews park in front of fire hydrants. He’s taken pictures to prove it happened.
Sparks added, “It kind of concerns us. What’s the emphasis from the builder to ensure the workers are following the rules?”
WHNT NEWS 19 wondered if the rules for parking next to a fire hydrant varied, so we checked with Madison Fire Chief Ralph Cobb. Cobb told WHNT NEWS 19 Alabama’s code states there should not be any obstruction within three feet of a hydrant.
Sparks claims he and his neighbors have dealt with bad subdivision parking for six months.
WHNT NEWS 19 asked Sparks if he had given any leniency to the construction crews.
“I think I have given them leniency. I’ve talked to them several times,” Sparks said. “I am not the only one. This has been going on for months.”
Sparks insists his complaints are not only about breaking the rules, but more about maintaining safety.
WHNT NEWS 19 picked up some of the video in the story the day before the story aired. The video showed a few ‘no parking’ signs. WHNT NEWS 19 started making calls on the story last week. The signs showed up after WHNT NEWS 19 made the first call to checkout Sparks’ claims. No one is claiming installation of the signs.