Taking Action On An Unmarked Huntsville Road Hazard

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Zierdt Road is a busy two lane road.  We've taken action several times over the years to make Zierdt safer and smoother.  Recently we took action and got results on a deep rut next to the road that had caused damage to at least one vehicle.  Now, we're taking action on a stretch of Zierdt that could do a lot more than just damage a car.

It's the section of the road just north of Beadle Lane.  For a few hundred yards there is a steep bank on the west side of the road. It leads down to swampland on some spots, and in others what amounts to a very deep drop off. "I think somebody could get hurt here, skid off the road and have a real bad accident," says David Muhammad.

Muhammad says he drives Zierdt every day going to and from work.  He knows the danger, and he makes sure any visitors to his home also know. "I tell them to watch that side of the road...be careful".

Drivers need the warning because there are no signs indicating that there is essentially no shoulder for Zierdt Road in this area.  The edge of the road begins the drop to the to the bottom of the ravine.  "There needs to be signs up there. It would help people," says Muhammad.

Guard rails would be the biggest help, but at the very least drivers should be warned that they need to be careful to stay on the road's surface.  In this stretch of Zierdt, a driver who goes off the road could very well have a serious accident.

We're taking action and talking to Huntsville and Madison County officials. The result we're looking for is anything that can make this part of Zierdt Road safer.

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