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State installing traffic light near Brewer

By Deangelo McDaniel · 340-2469

FLORETTE — Calling it a win-win situation for drivers in the area, Morgan County Commissioner Stacey George said he is pleased that state officials are making safety improvements near Alabama 67 and Eva Road.

The most glaring change is a more visible traffic signal that alerts motorists that they are approaching a crossing. Eva Road crosses Alabama 67 and becomes Cotaco-Florette Road.

The Alabama Department of Transportation started installing the signal Thursday and employees were continuing to work on the signal Friday.

“I had two people to call me that night talking about the improvements,” George said.

George, who represents District 4 where the intersection is located, said the county maintains the lights and pays the power bill.

“The new multi-directional signal they are putting up will cut our power bill in half,” he said.

George said the signal is black. This results in less glare, making the green, yellow and red much like it would be if a motorist viewed it at night.

After meeting with Brewer High Principal Frances Couey, Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, met with state officials about the project.The roads intersect near Brewer High, where a student died in 2005.

“I am so thankful for the state’s quick response,” Orr said. “I trust that safety at this intersection is going to be greatly improved.”

In a letter to Orr, District 1 Engineer Johnny Harris said the state is installing more visiting heads, a new controller and advanced flashing units to warn drivers of the presence of a traffic signal.

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

“There is no doubt that we are going to save a life by making these changes,” George said.

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