When I was campaigning for office, one problem I kept hearing about was the intersection of Highway 84 West and Bay Springs Road. Since I go through this intersection almost every day, I am very familiar with how dangerous it can be, especially during the morning and afternoon rush.
Prior to taking office, I requested that Houston County ask ALDOT to look at installing a traffic light at this location. A study was conducted, the results of which can be download here, and it was deemed to not have sufficient enough cross traffic to justify a traffic signal.
Then just a few weeks ago, our community lost a valued and long-time resident when he was involved in an accident at 84W and Bay Springs Road. I never spoke to the gentleman, although I would often see him picking up trash beside the road near his home. His wife, whom I spoke with at length during the campaign, was also in the car when the accident occurred. From what I have been told, her injuries were substantial.
As a result of that accident, I have had several nearby residents ask again about the intersection. I want everyone to know that I have been in communication with the person at ALDOT who ran the traffic study and he has informed me that they are looking again at the intersection. They will study the number of accidents that have occurred and look into what improvements can be made to reduce them in the future. This does not mean a traffic light will be installed and may only mean that the speed limit will be reduced. But I will support any change that will make our community a little bit safer.
I will post an update once I have more information.