Turning lane completed for CH schools

By ED HOWELL
Posted 8/9/17

Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL — Just in time for the start of the school year, a long-delayed road project to help traffic at the Carbon Hill schools has now been completed.

Before Monday’s Carbon Hill City Council meeting, Mayor Mark …

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Turning lane completed for CH schools

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Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL — Just in time for the start of the school year, a long-delayed road project to help traffic at the Carbon Hill schools has now been completed.

Before Monday’s Carbon Hill City Council meeting, Mayor Mark Chambers said that a turning lane on County Road 11 has been completed leading into the Carbon Hill school complex, after inaction for at least six or more years. The area is in the city limits.

“That traffic backs all the way up into the Christian academy,” he said. “So on that right hand lane, we turned that in there and divided the lanes.”

The lane is only on the west side of the entrance, he said, as an opposite turning lane would have created congestion for convenience stores on the other side.

His understanding was that the city asked county officials years ago about putting a turn lane in. When he got in office, he said he caught up on incompleted projects, including this one.

“I fought hard on that turning lane,” Chambers said. “The hold up has not been the county. The hold up has been AT&T. Those are their poles on that side of the road.”

District 2 Walker County Commission Jeff Burrough’s district road crew did all the work, Chambers said.

“Jeff has been outstanding. Anything that I’ve asked him to help us with, he has helped us with,” the mayor said. “The county helps us a lot more than people know.”

In a Facebook video posted about the work, Chambers said the city did have to do anything except to ask Burrough to help with work, noting the crews worked in hot weather.

He thanked county officials and crew in the video, saying that the work will help to relieve traffic congestion on the road.

“It’s should help,” Burrough said Tuesday, noting the work was done last week and didn’t take but a couple of days. The work was inexpensive, as “we did it ourselves.”

He said it should held with traffic coming in from Carbon Hill, although he noted a police officer will continue to help with traffic. “