CONTROVERSIAL HIGHWAY 82 INTERSECTION REOPENS
By WVUA 23 Student Reporter Jack Royer
The Alabama Department of Transportation has partially reopened the dangerous and controversial intersection at Birmingham Road and Highway 82, 2 days after a heated community meeting that allowed Centreville residents to voice their opinions to ALDOT officials.
The intersection was closed last week to allow ALDOT time to make a permanent decision about the future of an intersection that has seen many wrecks and several fatalities.
“We’ve got input from the public and we’ve got the opportunity now to go as a city council and say ‘we really like this one best and this is the direction we want to go in,’ ” said Centreville Mayor Mike Hobson <span class=”aBn” tabindex=”0″ data-term=”goog_784833316″><span class=”aQJ”>on Thursday</span></span>.
ALDOT has proposed a plan that would extend turn lanes and allow drivers to make U-turns instead of crossing 4 lanes of traffic, which has proven dangerous at this intersection in the past. According to ALDOT, that plan would cost $400,000 to complete.
The traffic light that many residents would like to have would cost $250,000, the state says. However, ALDOT says that traffic lights installed at rural intersections like this one often prove dangerous.
Mayor Hobson plans to meet with ALDOT several more times before all parties decide on a working compromise and solution to the closed intersections that have been the subject of much criticism for some time.