Photo courtesy of John Lyda
I-459 could be looking safer thanks to the installation of cable barriers near completion by ALDOT.
At the end of June, Hoover Police Officers issued 246 warnings and 86 citations. Administrative Services Captain Jim Coker said most of these citations were for speeding and following another vehicle too closely, which are both major causes of accidents.
After four fatalities on I-459 and I-65 in one week, the department enacted a “Zero Tolerance” policy on its sections of the two highways. Signs were placed on the interstates to remind drivers to be careful, and the police were serious about preventing a repeat of the tragedies.
On July 15. Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) committed to the City of Hoover to have cable barriers installed within 60 days in the median of I-459 between U.S. 31 and Acton Road. This project is nearing completion.
'"The 2.5 mile stretch of I-459 from U.S. 31 to Acton Road has historically been one of the most dangerous stretches of interstate in our city and we were all reminded of that in June when we had four fatalities in a three day period," said Councilman John Lyda. "While this project may not have prevented those tragedies, the barrier being installed will add a much needed safeguard for the tens of thousands who travel that interstate stretch each day."