Highway 72 Median Cut-Through Has Drivers Scared

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Thousands of drivers travel Highway 72 between Madison and Athens everyday. All along 72 there are numerous median cut-throughs. One of them is at Newby Road in Limestone County. "At certain times of the day, traffic backs up there. You can have three or four cars waiting their turn to turn left. The speed limit on 72 is 60-miles an hour. One of us sitting there is going to get slammed into," says Erin Patrick.

Erin one of several people who asked WHNT News 19 to take action, and help them with a safety problem. They say Highway 72 is always busy, and at certain times of the day, so is there median cut-through. "I'm actually praying usually, that I can get across safely," says Andi Spears.  She says sitting stopped on Highway 72 is scary.

The neighbors served by the Newby Road cut-through say they've asked the state and been told the accident statistics don't warrant any changes to the median arrangement that's there now. "Naturally, you like to look at statistics, but sometimes statistics lie. They don't show the near misses. They don't show the near accidents," says Ron Kline.

They also don't show multiple growing neighborhoods that are served by the cut-through. It's no exaggeration to say that the traffic volume that uses the turn will increase by hundreds in the near future. "Let's not wait till all of us get hit," says Erin Patrick.

Karen Hurst makes the problem even more personal.. "I have a teenage driver, so this really became an issue when she started driving. I usually make her go to Mooresville where there's a light and a turning lane and make her goal the way around and comeback to our neighborhood, because I'm concerned for her," says Karen.

No, the median cut-through isn't busy all the time, but when it is, drivers are scared.  We're taking action to help them. We're discussing the situation with ALDOT officials and asking them to take another look, considering how busy the cut-through is likely to become.

1 Comment

  • Robert Stevenson

    Wouldn’t be so bad if people were not using Newby/Gray Road as a SPEEDY cut-through! People are traveling speeds in excess of 65 mph between Hsv Browns-ferry road and 72 via Newby/Gray Road. There have been several mishaps because of this behavior. Everyone is sure hoping the new road being built will entice drivers to cut through using it rather than Newby/Gray Road! Too, too many residences, hidden driveways, bicycle riders, walkers, etc. for people to be flying down Newby/Gray Road when most don’t even live around here. Sorry, but Newby/Gray Road is NOT your ol’ country road anymore…This area has quite a number of new teenaged drivers and we certainly don’t need any drivers doing 65 mph and passing people just to get to Huntsville Browns Ferry Road and gain a few seconds. People know that the multiple jurisdictions out here provide a certain amount of protection because I don’t think anyone knows what agency has what jurisdiction where. I still can’t figure out how a gas station mini mart in Limestone County can sell alcohol on Sunday when the rest of the county can not simply because they say they are in Huntsville. Who’s supposed to be monitoring Hsv Browns Ferry? Huntsville City Police? Limestone County Police? State Troopers? Who has jurisdiction over Newby/Gray Road? I have no idea….guess that may be why the unacceptable driving on Newby/Gray Road doesn’t get any attention.

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