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.