As WDHN first reported last week, a section of U.S. Highway 331 has been “shut down” for bridge replacement north of Opp.
An alternate traffic route through “rural” Coffee County is creating “gridlock”
conditions during the height of the summer tourist season.
For at least the next two years, a bridge replacement on Highway 331 detours” north-south travelers. Thousands will be heading to Northwest, Florida beach locations.
Electronic mapping has many drivers taking State Highway 141 through rural, Western Coffee County. It led
to monumental traffic jams this past weekend.
Coffee Co. Ala. (WDHN)—Coffee County sheriff’s chief deputy Ronnie Whitworth says
“It’s become very dangerous. Like the sheriff said earlier now we got farming that’s happening. Soon they’ll start picking peanuts and peanut wagons will be on the road,
Combines will be on the road it’s become a hazard. And then we have Labor Day weekend coming up and we’re going to have to come up with plans for that.”
Besides beach traffic, it’s also fixing to be peanut and cotton harvest season. State Highway 141 is located
along farmland, and growers in large combines and peanut trailers use the highway to head to market. It could
lead to accidents with “fast-moving” beach traffic.
Sheriff Dave Sutton says
“Mike, I learned about it on Facebook nobody contacted the county here. Nobody contacted our engineers. We got up one morning and we had a traffic problem
and we have a bad traffic problem.”
At ten o’clock Wednesday morning at the Coffee County sheriff’s office there will be a meeting involving local and state officials in regard to the traffic nightmare due to the
re-routing of Highway 331 traffic north of Opp.