Improvements on Highway 14 hopes to reduce crashes, more
ELMORE CO., AL (WSFA) - Sharon Plyler knows Highway 14 all too well since she runs a daycare nearby, particularly 14 and Grandview Road.
"The amount of traffic on the road is just ungodly," said Plyler.
Plyler has had a few close calls when trying to turn left onto 14 from Grandview Road. Others weren't quite as fortunate. In recent years there've been three fatalities, including a pedestrian.
"You just have to bear and go with it because, I mean, if you don't, you'll just sit there all day," said Plyler.
Now, a potential solution. Alabama Department of Transportation has given the green light to put up traffic lights. The city of Millbrook will foot the $100,000 tab on the traffic signals.
"It's just a big difficult intersection to get out of. You see the traffic flow," said Millbrook Mayor Al Kelley.
The project begins in early May with the first job on the agenda, to straighten out a very curvy Grandview Road. Elmore County road engineers will handle that part of the assignment at a cost of about $40,000.
Speaking of dollars and cents, Ann Harper, the Director of Economic Development for the city of Millbrook, sees a possible benefit of having traffic signals installed. A safer intersection could mean a quicker land sale for economic development.
"It''s a way of slowing people down, what's available around it, what's the traffic count," said Harper.
"It's about 33,000 per day," said Kelley.
In the end though, Kelley, Harper and Plyler know it's all about reducing accidents and preventing fatalities. Plyler knows first hand navigating this part of 14 is no child's play.
Mayor Al Kelley estimates the job of installing traffic signals and straightening out Grandview Road will take about three months. The mayor also stressed that while the new traffic signals will be a huge help, it is ultimately the driver's responsibility to practice safe driving.
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