Houston County commissioners have been working to improve this busy intersection for a while
And now they have a plan on how to do it.
In the next couple of weeks...busy Brannon Stand Road will be turned over to the state of Alabama.
However one intersection will not...
“Except for the intersection at Brannon Stand and Fortner Street. We still have the intersection until we complete the work.” Houston County engineer Mark Pool said.
Work that includes plans to place a traffic light and turning lanes in both directions.
And the reason for these upgrades?
“That’s a very highly traveled intersection. A lot of cars back up there particularly when school is getting in and out.” Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver said.
And once these changes are made, this intersection will also become the state's responsibility.
There's also been talk of expanding Brannon Stand road.
I think the transfer of highway 59 to the state will create an opportunity for that road to be a four lane faster than it would if it remained a county road. I’m not by any means saying those plans are in place but they have more funds and opportunity to do that.
Many newly-constructed parts of Brannon Stand Road have been done to accommodate more lanes, should there ever be a need.
“We built a bridge down there that’s 4 lanes, the intersection is designed for a four lane.” Pool said.
A 4-lane that many motorists who use the road, will agree, will make their commute a lot smoother.
Once the light is put in at the intersection, pool and culver believe it'll greatly improve the flow of traffic.