ALDOT EXPANDS ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM TO TUSCALOOSA
By WVUA 23 Web Coordinator David Williams III
A program known as the Alabama Service and Assistance Patrol is finally coming to Tuscaloosa.
The Alabama Department of Transportation extended the program ASAP to interstates to help anyone who runs into car trouble. If you ever find yourself in need of assistance with your car while driving, ASAP will be there to help you out.
John McWilliams, ALDOT’s public information officer, said that ASAP will make driving easier for everyone.
“It’s a program that will help reduce congestion, improve traffic flow and improve safety,” said McWilliams.
This program started in Birmingham, then was expanded into Mobile and recently started in Montgomery. McWilliams said that each of these programs has been successful.
Tuscaloosa residents who travel the interstates often said they were looking forward to having ASAP around.
“I think it’s an excellent idea, I mean anyone who’s stranded on the side of the road is going to need some type of assistance,” said Robert Johnson, a Tuscaloosa resident.
ASAP drivers will be on Interstate 20 and 59 between exits 71 and 89. They’ll cover just below Tuscaloosa and almost to Interstate 459.
“People these days really don’t want to stop and help,” said Samantha Johnston, a Tuscaloosa resident. “I think it would be something that would be really helpful for everybody.”
McWilliams said that ASAP is being funded with taxpayer dollars at a extremely good price.
“It’s only $80,000 annually for a driver and a truck,” said McWilliams. “So if you can use that small funding to help benefit thousands of motorists who use that corridor, then it’s something that’s definitely beneficial.”
ASAP works on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you ever need them you can reach a driver at 205-348-5198.