MADISON COUNTY, Ala. - Dug Hill Road and Highway 72 East in Madison County has been coined by the community as a deadly intersection for at least a decade. The most recent wrecks claiming three lives has led officials to re-evaluate if there needs to be a traffic signal here.
Alabama Department of Transportation and engineers have done traffic studies on the Dug Hill Road intersection. Despite several fatalities over the last 20 years, they didn't feel it warranted a traffic signal. Madison County Commissioner Craig Hill says he is hopeful for changes.
"ALDOT is concerned and they have been concerned. They're going to make improvements I really believe," says Craig Hill.
Highway 72 is a state highway maintained by ALDOT. The intersection currently has flashing stop signs, which some people say is not enough.
"The most recent development is that our state Senator Sam Givhan is working on change here. It's ironic that he and I talked last week and then we talked again yesterday. He has had good meetings with ALDOT," says Hill.
Senator Givhan tells WHNT News 19 that local leaders in both Huntsville and Madison County have committed to paying for the traffic light. Now they're working to get the approval from ALDOT.
"The discussion now is to signalize the intersection. We want to bring a group together to discuss that. We feel like at this point there will be some changes made sooner than later," says Hill.
Hill says he expects to attend a meeting with ALDOT concerning changes to be made at Dug Hill Road and Highway 72 East either this week or next. He says it will take time for any changes to be made.
"The ability to just do something as quickly as people think it should be done... there's more to it than that," says Hill.
There is currently an online petition to put a traffic signal at Dug Hill Road and Highway 72 East. More than 8,200 people have signed that petition as of Wednesday afternoon.