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Taking Action: Business Leaders Concerned About Highway 72 Traffic

MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) — WHNT News 19 is taking action for concerned business leaders at a shopping center in Madison.  Steven Fleming wrote in to our newsroom and said that he is having issues with traffic flowing in and out of the shopping center his business is located in. The only way to get into the center is through an entrance off Highway 72. There are no turn lanes to get in and a blind spot coming east over the hill makes it dangerous for drivers to turn left in front of oncoming traffic.

“We’ve had regulars that won’t come back because of the issue,” said Fleming. He said this has been an issue for awhile now and even customers on his Facebook page are concerned about it.

“We see a lot of accidents, two or three a week,” said Jasmine Spear. Spear is the assistant manager of Salon Soz, a new hair salon that just recently opened up in the Richland Plaza shopping center. “My husband has already gotten in an accident and we’ve been here for not even a month.”

Fleming and Spear showed WHNT News 19 exactly where the problem is taking place. “It’s hard because you have people coming 60 miles per hour down this hill so once they reach the top of the hill, you think you’re okay,” said Spear. “A lot of times you can’t make it because once they go down the hill they’re accelerating their speed.”

Another part of the issue, is making sure customers are getting in and out of the shopping center safely. “Customer safety is number one,” Fleming said.

“As you can see now,” Fleming pointed at a car trying to turn left in front of oncoming traffic. ‘”As they try to come across, they’re actually sitting in the opposite turning lane.”

“This right there, it’s just not safe, it’s just not safe,” said Spear.

WHNT News 19 took action and reached out to Madison County Commissioner Steve Haraway. His office said that this is part of an ATRIP project for Highway 72. The state is currently working on a design for a 6-lane highway from Providence to County Line Road.

At this time, officials aren’t sure when the construction will start.