LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) – At mid-morning, the intersection of Pepper Road and McCulley Mill Road in the East Limestone County isn’t busy. Traffic is sparse, but ask a driver who uses the intersection regularly, and she’ll tell you the intersection is always risky.
“Terrible…very dangerous,” says Marilyn Phillips.
At rush hours, both morning and evening, traffic is a lot heavier at the intersection. Drivers on McCulley Road have stops signs. Drivers on Pepper Road don’t. Drivers on both roads are dealing with the unknown.
“You look both ways and you start to pull out and then the next thing you know, you’ve got a car coming across the hill,” says Ron Phillips. He’s of course thinking about it from the McCulley Mill perspective, but for drivers cresting the hill on Pepper, there’s just as much worry about an intersection that arrives quickly.
At least there are signs on Pepper Road warning drivers to slow down from 45 miles per hour. They also warn of cross streets that are hidden from sight. For drivers traveling in both directions, there is this suggestion on how to drive the intersection from Marilyn Phillips.
“Cautious, cautious,” says Marilyn.
There’s physical evidence that backs up what she says. A recent wreck is noted by lines painted on the road’s surface by accident investigators. On all sides of the intersection you can find debris from cars and trucks that have collided.
WHNT News 19 is Taking Action and discussing the situation with Limestone County officials. The result we’re after… something to make this crossroads safer.