I-65 Road Work: Living on the Edge

Starting August first, you'll pay double the fine if you are caught speeding in highway construction zones where workers are present. Road workers are glad to see the safety measure for a job they say is under-appreciated. So what's it like to call the middle of a busy highway or interstate your office?

For 30 years, Fred Crayton has worked highway construction. "Well I started off as a operator in construction truck driving. Pay was good so I stayed here," he recalls. He's seen just about everything.

"We have had cases where a tire would come off a truck or a pipe or chain come off a truck have a mirror fall off a car while it was moving 70 miles an hour," says Crayton. It's a job, he says, you get used to. "For a person not out here everyday it would seem more dangerous than it actually is just from the speed of the cars going by, but you sort of get accustomed to the noise but it is dangerous."

Crayton manages a 15 member crew. His concern is not only keeping himself safe but them as well. "I hear any noise, I'm looking and I'm always sort of aware of the cars moving because they could easily hit that rail and come over," he says. He says he's as tired as motorists of the I-65 construction and will be glad when it's complete.

Transportation officials say the interstate construction between Prattville and Montgomery should be completed this Fall.