COFFEE CO., Ala. (WDHN)—On Thursday, local authorities say Alabama Highway Patrol troopers wrote numerous citations of drivers going around construction barricades.

WDHN’s Mike Gurspan says a detour on State Highway 134 in Coffee County’s rural Ino community is causing a great deal of distress for motorists.

Since work began on Monday, 18-wheelers and other vehicles can be seen turning around at the road barriers’ on State Highway 134 in the Ino Community.
Beginning this week, state DOT crews began creating a four-way stop at 134. Authorities say it’s creating issues for drivers, and creating some dangerous situations.

Chief Deputy Ronnie Whitworth of the Coffee County Sheriff’s office says “people got stuck, 18-wheelers moving barricades and people don’t realize it, but they know it. They put those barricades up there for their safety.”

Mike Gurspan says “For one young family out of Eastern Europe, they were taking 134 to head to St. Louis in order to fly back home. But this detour has caused major issues.”

Don Dragusha of Kosovo says “we passed through there, but apparently they closed the whole road so we have to go around now. I wish we could go through it, but it is what it is.”

For a Dothan couple, they were taking Highway 134 to visit with friends in Opp. Now with the barricades, they were working to find a way to Eastern Covington County.

Local and state authorities say with the Labor Day weekend less than a month away they’re concerned about the additional traffic and the Highway 134 detour.
Reporting in Coffee County, Mike Gurspan WDHN news for the wiregrass.