Decatur mayor unveils plan to make highway safer after deadly crashes


Two people have been killed in just over a month on the same stretch of road and now Decatur’s mayor is taking action.

A 27-year old woman named Malloree Teague was killed in a crash on Point Mallard Parkway Wednesday. Just five weeks before, a five-car wreck took the life of 30-year old Ramsey Williams.

“It just really grieves me to know she lost her life,” said Mayor Tab Bowling about Teague’s death. “She should be at work today. We want to do everything that we can possibly do as a city to try to prevent other fatalities on this stretch of road.”

Bowling has a short-term and long-term plan to make Point Mallard Parkway safer. The long-term plan is to get rid of the double yellow lines and add a barrier.

“To do that you’ve got to widen the road,” Bowling said.

The road is a state highway through a federally protected area. It’ll take time so there’s a short-term plan. That one involves putting friction pavement along three miles of the road and adding warning signs.

There is already open-graded friction course pavement on Danville Road just south of Chapel Hill Road. The pavement acts like a sponge to prevent hydroplaning. Hydroplaning is what the police report on Teague’s crash says led to her losing control of her car.

Bowling says those changes can happen now and they must because the city reports almost 30,000 people traveled the road daily in 2017 and that number’s only going up.

“We have 10,000 workers coming into the Valley,” Bowling said. “We’re seeing residential growth.”

Bowling will bring these plans to ALDOT next week. Meanwhile you’re urged to slow down and be especially careful on Point Mallard Parkway.

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