Multiple accidents at busy intersection raise safety concerns

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COWARTS, Ala. (WDHN) — One intersection in the Wiregrass that recently had a red light removed from its location has become a topic of concern due to multiple wrecks occurring there in a short period of time; with one of the accidents taking the life of a Dothan woman just this past week.

According to Cowarts Mayor Randy Roland, there have been three accidents at the busy intersection of Glen Lawrence and Forrester at Highway 84 and considering there is currently not a red light here, Mayor Roland wants to warn motorists to use caution when driving through this area. 

“If you can bypass this intersection, bypass it because it is just a matter of time before there’s another fatality there,” Roland SAID. “I did speak to ALDOT yesterday, and they’re doing some studies, but it may take another six months before something is done, and in another six months, there’s going to be some more fatalities.”

According to Roland, there used to be a red light there at that intersection for a few years, but it was removed by the Alabama Department of Transportation this past year. 

“We need traffic control now,” he said. “We don’t know if there’s going to be another light put up. We don’t know if they are going to block that intersection or draw the intersection in smaller. We just don’t know. Rep. Donnie Chesteen’s involved. Rep. Paul Lee is involved and we are trying to get something done about this intersection.” 

According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, some 20,000 motorists travel through that Cowarts intersection every 24 hours, with 80 miles per hour being the average rate of speed.

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