Lacey’s Spring residents & business owners anxiously await new turn lane on Highway 231

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MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – There’s a patch of road construction on Highway 231 that residents in Lacey’s Spring are happy to see. It’s a turning lane that business owners believe will help make things much safer for everyone.

At the Cajun Cafe off Highway 231, the beignets are free and the lunch lines are long.

“This time of year, we’re pretty pretty pretty popular,” said Crista Cummings.  She has been a waitress there for four years.

She says the restaurant sees dozens of people Thursdays through Sundays, from 11:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m. on most days. She worries for the safety of the people trying to get there off Highway 231 where vehicles travel so fast.

That’s why she’s glad to see a patch of road construction right across the parking lot. It’s a turning lane at Fields Road that will give vehicles a place to go to wait to turn other than sitting in the open highway.

“You’ll have 18 wheelers, three or four of them, lined up waiting to turn that way because that’s a detour route going to Highway 36,” Crista said.

Business owners in the area estimate 30,000 vehicles travel through the area every day. And there have been quite a few accidents in the past. Crista says she has seen a few this week.

While the new turning lane is going to be great for Lacey’s Spring, it has been a bit confusing to motorists because it’s not finished.

“People are confused as to what’s happening right now,” said Crista.

But it’s expected to be finished as soon as next week, if the weather cooperates.

The turning lane is an Alabama Department of Transportation project — constructed by and paid for by the state. Morgan County authorities say they were not consulted.

ALDOT workers started the project three months ago, but have been delayed due to weather.