Highway 53 going through Madison County is busy. And that’s after much of it was widened from two lanes to four. Kelly Springs Road intersects with 53, and that intersection is also busy. “It worries me a lot. there’s always a lot of wrecks on 53,” says driver Ann Yelle. She uses the Kelly Springs intersection every day.
Now, drivers do have a traffic light at Kelly Springs and 53, and they certainly use that. But drivers who miss the light can also turn right on red, but that’s where the problem crops up. High grass and weeds at the intersection makes it tough to see back to the left. Drivers turning right don’t have a good look at oncoming traffic. “You just can’t see traffic coming from the other direction,” says Ann.
In this case the fix is pretty simple, but Ann Yelle says if the state would go one more step, it would be a big improvement. “A merge lane would make a lot of difference. I think that might be a more expensive solution,” says Ann.
It would definitely be more expensive, but while we’re taking action to make sure the state DOT knows about the weed problem, we’ll also suggest the merge-lane. One fix will be good, but the other would be best.