Roadscapes Wednesday: Pictures Of The Old Wedowee Alabama Traffic Lights


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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I am uploading some pictures way back in May 2006.  Back then, the small town of Wedowee Alabama had a intersection controlled by traffic lights.  US 431 is a 4-lane through the town, while AL-48 intersects.  The intersection has one traffic light on all four sides.  And they were the classic 4-way lights.  Sadly, the lights came down later in 2006 after the control box failed, and the intersection today is controlled by a 4-way stop.  So, enjoy my pictures of this classic traffic light intersection.

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Roadscapes Wednesday: Video About The Dangers Of Driving Slow In The Left Lane


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday post, on a Thursday, I am talking about why every state including Alabama, needs to have a so called “Slow-Poke Law.”  As of now, most states in America has a law that prohibits drivers from going too slow in the left lane, or the passing lane.  Here in Alabama, many drivers, including me, have seen their fair share of drivers going way too slow in the left lane.  And this means drivers have to get into the right lane to go around the slow car in the left lane, it’s not right!

So below, I am embedding this educational video from Safer Roads For Cumbria  showing you the details and the reasons why hogging the left lane is not only not thoughtful, but also annoying and dangerous.  If you like to hog the left lane, even if you are driving the speed limit, do yourself a favor, and get over!  Other drivers thank you for it.

Roadscapes Wednesday: Tribute Video To Captain Herb Emory


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Earlier this year, a popular figure in Atlanta Metro Traffic passed away, after suffering a heart attack.  Captain Herb Emory worked at WSB Radio delivering the traffic reports to the millions of people living in Atlanta.  And helping them avoid the traffic jams to get to home or work faster.  Herb Emory died while helping out victims in a traffic accident, when he went into action, he suffered a heart attack and soon after died.  During his career, he was in the skies in the WSB helicopter monitoring traffic from below, and seeing some cool scenery of the Atlanta Metro.  Earlier this year, a memorial ride in honor of Herb Emory was held raising money for Toys For Tots.

So in honor of Captain Herb Emory, I bring you a time lapse road video from the YouTube channel socarboy.  In the video, which features a trip on I-20, I-285, and I-75 in the Atlanta Metro, you hear some classic reports from Herb Emory.  And the best part, the last three minutes of the video is dedicated to Captain Herb Emory with pictures, facts, and more!  If you liked Herb Emory, you will like this video, enjoy!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Wacky Changes In Front Of The Oxford Wal-Mart


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On this Roadscapes Wednesday post, I talk about more problems in Oxford.  The problems are around the Wal-Mart and AL-21.  Since they repaved the road and re-did the median crossovers, traffic have found some new and more dangerous ways to avoid the traffic light and get into Wal-Mart.  The problem, the crossover to turn left from AL-21 into Wal-Mart and Chick-fil-A is short.  It makes traffic turn into the Kangaroo Gas Station instead of the road into Wal-Mart.  Drivers have to cut through the gas station and take a side road to connect to the Wal-Mart service road.

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There is not a lot of room between the stop sign and the side road, so it forces drivers to squeeze in between cars to access the service road.  Plus people leaving from Chick-fil-A have a harder time getting in and out because of the weird and dangerous design.

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Here is a short video of me profiling drivers who turn into the gas station to access the service road.  Yep, I almost caught a wreck on camera because drivers have a hard time getting out onto the service road.

And the changes they made at the Wal-Mart traffic light are even worse.  You see, some drivers will make a u-turn at the light to access Chick-fil-A.  While drivers are making a u-turn, drivers are turning right onto AL-21 from Wal-Mart.  Accidents have already happened because of the changes, and you can’t just put up a no right turn on red sign, as traffic will block the entrance into the Murphy’s Gas station, which will result in traffic blocking AL-21.

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Who was in charge of the new designs?  The City of Oxford, or ALDOT?  These are some wacky and weird changes that needs to be fixed now!  Extend the left turn lane so traffic turning left can turn into the Wal-Mart service road, without going into the Kangaroo Gas Station first.  If you think these changes are wacky, check out what Oxford did on Elm St. near Wal-Mart.  Instead of filling the holes on the side of the road with dirt, they put up delineators instead, what a waste of money and resources.

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