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State to improve crossroads safety near Brewer High

By Deangelo McDaniel 340-2469

FLORETTE — An intersection where a Brewer High student died in 2005 is getting safety improvements.

District I Engineer Johnny Harris said in a letter to Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, that the Alabama Department of Transportation will in the next few weeks make improvements near Alabama 67 and Eva Road.

The announcement couldn't come soon enough for Brewer High Principal Frances Couey.

"This is a very dangerous intersection and I appreciate what Sen. Orr has done," Couey said.

The roads intersect near Brewer High.

According to Harris, the state will install more visible signal heads, a new controller and advanced flashing units to warn drivers of the presence of a traffic signal.

"Additionally, we will evaluate and make adjustments to the signal timings to ensure optimum efficiency," he said in the letter.

Couey said 857 students and about 100 school employees come through the intersection each day.

At one point, the state had rumble strips to warn drivers of the approaching traffic signals.

"When they resurfaced the road, they removed the strips," Couey said.

After meeting with Couey, Orr carried concerns about the intersection to state officials about two months ago.

"They were very receptive and looked into the situation immediately," Orr said.

The senator said his long-term plan is to have Alabama 67 a complete four-lane road.

"The traffic counts justify this," Orr said.

Between Priceville and Brooksville, for example, 2005 traffic figures show nearly 14,000 vehicles per day using the road.

"If we don't start planning for this right now, we're going to be further behind," Orr said.

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