The intersection of Highway 231 and Plumb Road, located at the entrance of the target shopping center appears to have a design flaw that could cause all kinds of serious accidents. And now officials are racing against time to get this problem fixed in time for opening day.
"The median crossing where Plum Road comes into the pavilion is several feet of asphalt too narrow for the double turn lanes," said Jerry Corbin, the Director of Dothan’s Public Works Department.
The double turn lanes on each side of Plum Road overlap, creating a dangerous collision zone.
If someone was traveling north on Highway 231 wanting to turn into the Target shopping center and they used this outside left turning lane, the lane would un into the left turning lane on the other side of the street, and that could possibly cause a head on collision or at least a near miss. That is why the outside turning lane on the northbound side of Highway 231, is blocked off.
"As high a volume of traffic as we're looking for there and as much as there already is there, then yes we can certainly anticipate it being a problem,” said Corbin.
Officials with the Alabama Department of Transportation say they are not sure how or why this happened.
The department’s spokesperson Tony Harris said, “The department will look into this matter in conjunction with other stakeholders that have been involved, in an effort to ensure that the project is able to move forward safely and without any risks to the public."
No word yet on how the problem will be fixed, or how much it will cost.
Officials say the problem will be fixed in time for the opening of Target, on March 11th.