MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – Keel Mountain Road is how drivers from Gurley access the mountain’s many homes and neighborhoods. It’s one of the steeper mountain roads in Madison County, too.
For a quick indication of how hard it is to drive, just check out any of the guard rails. To put it bluntly, they are bent and torn in multiple places. “It’s rather treacherous,” says Joel Beasley about using this steep and winding two lane.
The problems for Keel Mountain Road are numerous. They range from bumpy patches on the road’s surface, to pavement that’s cracked and crumbling, to a road edge that’s broken, to white striping to mark the edge of the road that has faded almost to invisibility.
“It’s just a very difficult road to navigate, and you’d better be paying attention when you’re going up and down,” says Beasley.
He’s one of the hundreds of drivers who use the steep road every day. He’s also one of several drivers who aren’t happy with the road. Jeff Gronberg is another.
“I do worry about it. I have a son that’s about to start driving, and one of his first experiences is going to be learning to drive up and down this mountain,” says Gronberg.
Everyone seems to agree that Keel Mountain Road needs help. After driving it ourselves, we agree. WHNT News 19 is Taking Action and discussing the problem and possible fixes for the road with Madison County officials.