Taking Action Gets Results On Dangerous Huntsville Intersection

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Every day hundreds of drivers use the intersection where Randolph Avenue meets California Street. For a long while there was a problem.  Drivers who stopped at the white-painted stop line on the road, couldn't see oncoming traffic from their left. "Well, it's difficult. You can't see first of all. You have to pull into the intersection, into oncoming traffic in order to see if there are cars coming north on California," says driver Lori Harris.

Watching the intersection in action, you could see driver after driver stop at the white stop line, only to pull forward.  Often they would pull so far forward they'd be in the path of oncoming traffic. That was made worse, because drivers on California travelling north are coming around a curve and down a hill. It was a dangerous intersection for drivers on both roads.

We took action and brought the location of the white stop line to the attention of Huntsville traffic engineers. They checked, and realized the line had inadvertently been placed too far back.  The old line was removed, and a new line painted in the right location.  Now, when you stop at the line you can see traffic coming from the left, but you're in not in the traffic's path. "It much better. It makes a lot more sense," says neighbor Winnie Bailey.

To be clear, some drivers still don't use the white stop line correctly. Some pull too far forward. If you watch the intersection for several minutes, you'll see drivers who essentially run the stop sign. However, for drivers who use the intersection correctly, the situation really is improved.

"Thank you, Channel 19 for making my neighborhood safer. Traffic engineers can't be everywhere all the time, and I appreciate you taking the time and effort to get this done," says Winnie Bailey.

It's our job to take action on your traffic and road concerns.  Our goal...get them fixed.

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