Traffic Light Could Save Lives

By: Vanessa Araiza Email
By: Vanessa Araiza Email

Within the past year, a major intersection in one Wiregrass city was the site of 43 wrecks.

Many residents are hoping a proposed change will soon help to decrease that number.

With three roads feeding into the busy intersection of the northbound and southbound traffic on Highway 231, it’s no wonder an accident was bound to hit home for Hill Carlile.

"We had an employee, his mother-in-law was in an accident just a couple of weeks ago here at this intersection and is still in the hospital," Carlile said.

Carlile is the assistant manager at the GMC Dealership in Ozark right at the corner of Highway 231 and 123, otherwise known as a highly dangerous intersection in Ozark.

That's why he's happy to finally hear a traffic light will soon be going up.

Ozark Police Department Chief Tony Spivey said, "While traffic signals and traffic lights do not prevent a lot of accidents, we think this will prevent some.”

And, many say what makes this intersection more dangerous is the way it is laid out.

"You have the northbound and southbound travel lanes as well as coming off of Lakeview you know, so you got four areas coming into a highly congested area," Chief Spivey continued.

Chief Spivey says talk of installing a traffic light at the intersection has been circulating for years.

Now, the Alabama Department of Transportation says there will be a traffic light at the intersection within the coming year.

It’s something that gives Carlile and many others a sigh of relief.

State DOT officials say they don't have a set time line on how long it will take to install the light.

They say it depends on how long it will take to reconstruct the roads.


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