Huntsville Drivers Question “Exit” Sign

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Travelling south on Huntsville's Memorial Parkway, you pass clearly marked exits for Governors Drive, Bob Wallace Avenue and Drake Avenue. Just as you crest the overpass at Drake you pass an exit that is marked with only an "Exit" sign.

That exit takes drivers down the parkway south bound access road, and gives them the opportunity to use a lane under the overpass next to Grace Lutheran Church to turn back north.  The access roads in both directions are lined with multiple stores and businesses. That's where the problem arises with the sign that only says "Exit."

"We have a lot of new tenants moving in here and they're finding it difficult to give directions for their new locations," says Century Office Plaza manager, Lorin Cooke.  She isn't the viewer who contacted WHNT News 19 about the sign, but she speaks for most business owners.  It's tough, they say, to get customers to their establishments. "They usually call lost...I didn't see the sign. I took Airport Road, and we have to kind of loop them back around," says Cooke.

Airport Road is the next cross street south of Drake Avenue.  The exit for Airport Road as you travel south, is clearly marked. In fact, if you are travelling north there is a sign as you cross the Airport Road Overpass, for a Drake Avenue exit.  That's the first of two Drake Avenue exits.   The question is, why can't the "Exit" sign, become the first "Airport Road" exit sign.

"I'd like to see a name, a number...some sort of identification of what exit it is. That would be a marker in giving directions," says Lorin Cooke. That seems to be a reasonable request, and we are taking action and bringing it to ALDOT.


  • Nuclear Mike

    Remember the gentleman who designed the “Monstrosity ” of the Memorial Parkway passed away last year and has left this legacy of a very dangerous road network for all of us to survive each and everyday, so one exit sign is not the people killer for new eyes on the road here…
    There are so many more lethal interchanges that need to be totally redone or closed to cross traffic.

    • Rachel

      Yes, Cecil Ashburn is the man you speak of. The parkway is one of best uses of road construction I’ve seen and Huntsville should be proud to be able to use it. I’m able to drive from one end to the other without stopping and I’m sure if there were traffic signals at these intersections, I would still be able to drive through on green. Huntsville has some of the best traffic engineers in the country. Their timing is spot on. I can get from parkway on university all the way to the walmart area without stopping but no… no one ever wants to talk about that. The people in Huntsville don’t realize how good they have it. Only want to complain and never want to talk about how hard these people work to make sure we get thru town without backups. Any problems you see, it’s gonna be ALDOT’s fault because they leave us high and dry. Starting to wonder where my state taxes go to. At least the Mayor was able to work out a deal with them so that we could get the projects we need. Huntsville has been growing for a long time. Instead, we want to talk about a little sign. It would take a movement of congress to get that sign changed to reflect Milemarker #’s. Come to think of it, I dont think the parkway even has milemarkers! Let;s talk about that… then maybe we could get a sign changed.

  • Stop whining

    I do not see why it is anyone elses responsibility to help someone locate a business other than the business’s. How backwards are these people that they are having issues getting around Huntsville? I came here with 5 or 6 8.5x11s from google maps and never got lost. Let the businesses pay for a roadside sign, or better yet recommend their cusomters buy a pc or simple navigation aid.

    Difficult to give directions to their customers? Whaaaaaaaaaaa! A lot of whining for what is suppose to be one of the U.S.A.s most technological cities. Yet simple mapping eludes us…….

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