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Limestone officials want limited access for Alabama 20

By Holly Hollman ∑ 340-2445

ATHENS — Limestone officials want the state to limit access to Alabama 20 when Interstate 565 is expanded.

Alabama Department of Transportation officials have plans to extend Interstate 565 to U.S. 31. That area is in Decatur-annexed Limestone County. Currently, I-565 ends near I-65, and the highway continues west as Alabama 20.

On Wednesday, the County Commission discussed two resolutions regarding the expansion. The commission will vote on the resolutions Tuesday.

Chairman David Seibert said the resolutions are to ask DOT to limit curb cuts and have only two intersections.

One intersection would be for Calvary Assembly, currently under construction, and the other would be at Bibb-Garrett and Mitchell roads.

ďIf they donít allow any more intersections, itíll be safer,Ē Seibert said.

The area where Interstate 565 turns into Alabama 20 has been prone to wrecks.

A traffic consultant hired in 2006 by Decatur and North-central Alabama Regional Council of Governments determined that left turns account for nearly three-fourths of wrecks on that stretch of highway.

Decatur police reported four fatalities there in 2005.

At least two fatalities occurred in 2006, according to Daily archives.

The consultants recommend eliminating 13 median cuts and shifting Bibb-Garrett Road directly across from Mitchell Road, and putting turn lanes there.

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