United States Highway 431 is a problem.
That isn’t a hyperbole or a joke. It’s a fact.
If it weren’t, the Alabama Department of Transportation and the cities of Albertville, Boaz and Guntersville would not have paid Sain and Associates $250,000 to conduct a study about the highway.
But now there’s a bigger problem.
Since the study, people have started wondering: what’s next? How will it be improved?
Though the study didn’t provide all the information hoped for, it gave the cities a starting point, but they won’t be following the lead of Sain and Associates.
First, traffic signals will be synchronized and updated. It might take more time than expected, but it could make a big impact on traffic flow.
After traffic signals are addressed, the road to improvement gets a little foggy again, but honestly, that’s OK.
U.S. 431 was nicknamed “Highway to Hell” for a reason. It is a dangerous stretch of highway that should not be toyed with or taken lightly. While it may not be what residents want to hear, it’s important to take a cautious approach when addressing the situation.
Like when driving, a move that is quickly taken — whether right or wrong — could prove detrimental if said move is not carefully made.
What do you think would help U.S. 431? How would you like to see your leaders address the situation? Let us know in a letter to the editor, and be sure to reach out to your municipalities as well.
Our View On the Issue is an opinion of The Reporter’s editorial board that includes Publisher Kim Patterson and Managing Editor Taylor Beck.