Driving You Crazy: Green Mountain Guardrail

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - A hair-pin curve on Green Mountain road in Huntsville has residents concerned about their commute.

They tell us the roadway is too narrow for two large vehicles to fit through.

"Green Mountain Road has become very dangerous," said Danny Snodgrass. "They come down that mountain way too fast."

You may not notice anything unusual about the road. Well, at least not until you meet another car on the first curve. "You can't see people coming up the mountain, you can't see people coming down the mountain until you're right in that curve," said Snodgrass. "The curve is so sharp that if you meet a big truck, or a tractor trailer truck, you could get hit."

If you don't get hit, Snodgrass says you're forced into the guardrail. He knows from experience. You can see the marks left behind. "That guardrail is really beat up," said Snodgrass. "That guardrail needs to be removed, or that particular section of road needs to be widened to make it safer."

WHNT News 19 made a quick call to the city. City Engineer, Dan Sanders told me they've looked into the complaint, but for safety reasons the guardrail can't be removed. Flashing lights aren't even an option, because of lack of power on the mountain.

"If we don't do something to correct this, someone is going to end up getting hurt and I don't want to see that happen," said Snodgrass.

Sanders says they've made plans to cut back the trees, to help add more visibility for drivers coming up and down the mountain. He added there is a speed limit of 25 to 35, and driver need to abide by it to keep everyone safe.

We spoke to the city landscaping department,  they are scheduled to go out and cut back the trees in the next two weeks.

 

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