TAKING ACTION: Parkway Driver Hit By ‘Forgotten’ Construction Sign

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) --  Following our Driving You Crazy report Tuesday a local driver is sharing her close call story and has a warning for others who must travel Huntsville's Memorial Parkway.

Amber Whitt's car has more than $2,000 in damages after a construction sign smashed into her vehicle while she was driving on the Parkway Tuesday. Whitt  filed a police report and is getting repairs made, but she has a warning for other drivers.

"It was very scary, and it could have been a lot worse.  Now, I'm just trying to find out who is responsible," Whitt said.

The signs, and sign frames are on the Parkway just north of University Drive.  They’re on top of the median barrier.  While that would seem to put them out of the way, it doesn’t really.  One of the sign frames is leaning toward the traffic lane.  Another sign is actually on the road’s surface, propped on the side of the median.

WHNT News 19 contacted the Alabama Department of Transportation about the sign concerns. ALDOT spokesman Johnny Harris says the signs belong to the project's contractor.

Harris says APAC Mid-South, a construction company with offices in Huntsville, has had the contract for the resurfacing project since last summer, but due to the cold winter they are delayed.

ALDOT says they are alerting their contractors to the sign concerns, but Harris says it is typical practice for contractors to leave their construction signs in place until the project is signed off on by the state and completed.


  • Ralph Connor Jr

    “ALDOT says they are alerting their contractors to the sign concerns, but Harris says it is typical practice for contractors to leave their construction signs in place until the project is signed off on by the state and completed.”

    That doesn’t make them any less responsible for damage caused by the signs due to their neglect to ensure they remain secured for the period of the contract…

  • Trac Sala

    What about all the barrels and signs at 431 and Dug Hill. Road has been completed for months. Many of the barrels roll into the street when windy.

    • Mike

      All the barrels were removed last week after the street lights were put in. The signs are still there, but covered up.

  • n. richardson

    In a construction area shouldn’t you be looking out for that sort of thing.? She hit the sign, the sign did not hit her.

    • David

      If you listen to the video, the sign DID hit her car, and, yes, the sign moved. It was not secured, so it could have been the wind, but it flew out into the roadway and underneath another vehicle before flying up into her vehicle.

  • Evans

    I had this thought last weekend driving to Fayetteville when I drove by those old signs that had been haphazardly placed on the center barrier of the Parkway, that all it would take is for a car to brush against it and cause it to go into the traffic lanes. Why don’t they remove the “Speed Limit 40” signs just south of Martin Road on the northbound lanes? There is a 50 sign just north of it.

  • Branko Pezdi

    “after a construction sign smashed into her vehicle”

    Wow! Moving road signs. What will they think of next?

  • Branko Pezdi

    Now, I’m just trying to find out who is responsible,” Whitt said.

    Ummmmm, who was driving? Why did you swerve out your lane?

  • Skillpot

    This is an example of what happens, when construction crews are allowed to switch back-and-forth from job sites, rather than get on with the task at hand!

  • Evans

    Those of you commenting above: the sign was haphazardly placed over the concrete barrier in the middle of the parkway. All it took was for it to get tapped by one vehicle and it would get sent into traffic lanes. So yes, it was very possible and likely that the sign would get tapped and get sent flying into some innocent driver’s lane, or cause someone to have to suddenly swerve out of a lane to avoid it. I saw it there several times while driving that stretch and wondered why it hadn’t been totally removed instead of being placed where it was an accident waiting to happen.

  • Sign of the Times

    I am just glad it wasn’t a sign the only reads “Exit”. She would have gotten immediately lost too.

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