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THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, 2006
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2 more people killed while U.S. 72 work awaits

Twice when vehicle wrecks destroyed portions of Birmingham's Malfunction Junction where Interstates 20, 59 and 65 intersect, the state was a model of efficiency in getting rebuilding started and completed.

But up in Limestone County, where more people have died on U.S. 72, the state can't seem to get around to fixing the problems along a 15-mile stretch of road.

An Athens woman and her 18-year-old daughter died Tuesday when, like so many other vehicles have done, theirs hydroplaned because the road retains water during rain.

Their car went out of control and crossed into on-coming traffic in the Coxey community, and Selina C. Gilbert and her daughter Tiara S. Gilbert became statistics.

Records show the stretch of road claimed at least 30 fatalities since 1994.

The state lowered speed limits on the road and increased patrolling but is yet to add much-needed turn lanes . It takes time to get these done, state officials say.

But getting Malfunction Junction back into full operation so quickly is proof of the adage that if there is a will, there is a way.

Let's get U.S. 72 fixed. Now.

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