Concerned prankster makes crafty traffic light for busy St. Florian intersection

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ST. FLORIAN, Ala. (WHNT) -  One Lauderdale County intersection remains without a traffic light that was set to go up more than two years ago.

So, some "concerned citizens" took it upon themselves to make light of the situation. Someone crafted a makeshift traffic light out of three cans, tape and paper.

"I know it was intended to be a joke, and it's funny," said St. Florian mayor Don Strait. "I've had the runaround about it so long, it's just disgusting really."

The Mayor said almost 15,000 drivers pass through the County Rd. 47, County Rd. 30 intersection daily. For a small town, that's enough to cause a headache and handfuls of collisions.

"We need that light," Strait stressed. "We never would have asked for it if it hadn't been necessary. There's times you can see you can't even get out of this road."

It was May of 2014 when Mayor Strait said Lauderdale County commissioners approved what he called "an early Christmas present." They we caught up with Police Chief Ralph Richey in April of this year to find out crews were just starting to mark where the utility poles will go.

Now, Strait said it came down to unsigned paperwork regarding the bid for the project that has once again put the brakes on the traffic light.

"It's my understanding that they will have to re-advertise it again and if that's the case, then we're looking at probably November or December when we thought we were fixing to get it put up."

He said maybe one day it will surprise them, just as the light make from cans and paper did Tuesday morning.

St. Florian Police chief Ralph Richey said there's nothing illegal about the fake stop light. He said, "I guess people wanted the light up sooner."