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Holmes County: Highway 2 and Intersection 173 gets an upgrade

It is now a four way stop to help prevent accidents.
Published: Dec. 9, 2020 at 5:30 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Once only a two way stop, now as of this week, becoming a four way stop. With hopes that Highway 2 and Intersection 173 becomes a lot safer for travelers.

Flashing lights, signs and rumble strips are now leading up to the intersection to help drivers be aware there is a stop sign ahead, no matter which way you are traveling from.

Over the years this intersection has been known for several bad wrecks occurring. It is a 55 mile per hour speed zone and Holmes County Sheriff John Tate said he knows of about 20 wrecks this year alone; happening every other week or even every week at times.

With it being a fairly common occasion, it is important to keep in mind this intersection sits less than a mile from a school.

Drivers need to be extra careful as most of these wrecks have happened during the day. Sheriff Tate said these new improvements will take drivers some time getting used to.

“I would just caution people, the local people, to be on the look out and be extra careful,” Sheriff Tate said. “When you pull up to the stop sign assume that the person coming from the other way is not going to stop, that way there is no accidents.”

Sheriff Tate also said it is important for drivers to not be distracted while driving, drivers should not be texting and driving.

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