BIBB COUNTY MEDIAN CHANGES HAVE RESIDENTS IRRITATED, CONFUSED
The Alabama Department of Transportation this week closed two Bibb County intersections, but that’s news to Centreville officials.
Orange cones line U.S. Highway 82’s median where it intersects Birmingham Road and Timberlane Drive in Centreville, just days after ALDOT made the decision. It means Centreville residents are cut off from easy access to the highway or their town. Centreville Mayor Mike Hobson said a little notice would have gone a long way.
“We do want ALDOT to be as receptive as they will or can be to everybody who lives here and take into account what we’re dealing with,” he said.
Right now, traveling to Tuscaloosa from Birmingham Road requires a right turn to go left, since cars can’t cross Highway 82 from the northbound side to get into town.
Many in Centreville said they want a traffic light installed at that intersection to help traffic flow, but that’s not in ALDOT’s plans.
Another concern, residents said, is the change could limit the speed ambulances can travel from Bibb Medical Center to DCH Regional Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.
“The changes that they’ve made are little bit more onerous than we expected,” Hobson said. “So it’s imposed some hardship on us, and we need just a little compromise.”
Hobson met with ALDOT in Tuscaloosa Tuesday, reviewing plans for other potential changes before a public meeting at the Bibb County High School gym, happening tonight at 6 p.m.
Hobson said he hopes a compromise can be reached.