Fosters residents and the Tuscaloosa County Commission say they want something done about the Highway 11 and Gainesville Road intersection before it’s too late.
Anyone traversing that stretch of road during normal commuting hours has to deal with plenty of other cars and nothing but a caution light directing traffic as car after car tries making its way onto Highway 11.
“Every wreck I have witnessed out here has been at this intersection,” said Sarah Wyatt, who works at Fosters Feed and Garden. “And there’s almost one a week — at least one every two weeks.”
Wyatt said from what she’s seen, most wrecks are being caused by drivers merging.
“They get in a hurry,” she said. “They either don’t stop at all, or they don’t wait until traffic is clear, or they say they can’t see the traffic.”
District 4 Tuscaloosa County Commissioner Reginald Murray said a traffic light would go a long way toward cleaning up the intersection.
Several new developments in the area, including the Fosters Grocery Store, Dollar General, a Chevron and a Subway, have increased traffic. The Tuscaloosa County Commission has requested the Alabama Department of Transportation conduct a traffic study in the area three times over the past four years.
“They’ve gone out and sit there from morning to afternoon monitoring the traffic,” Murray said. “And each time they’ve returned with the verdict that the intersection does not warrant a traffic signal.”
Murray said he fears more wrecks will happen if nothing is done about the intersection.