Residents: Highway visibility better

Published 8:17 pm Wednesday, May 3, 2006

By By LYDIA GRIMES – Features writer
Complaints from residents along Highway 41 north of Brewton have brought about some changes, residents said.
A couple of weeks ago, several neighbors along the stretch of road just beyond the double bridges presented some of their problems to the Alabama Department of Transportation, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office and the Brewton City Police.
Speeding cars, a dangerous curve and teen parties were on the list of complaints. The curve was blocked by a number of trees and underbrush making it impossible to have a clear view.
By the end of the week, bulldozers with the Alabama Department of Transportation were busy clearing away the underbrush so motorists can see around the curve, residents said.
Although the area is not within the Brewton city limits, police Chief Monte McGougin said he would do whatever he could to help the situation.
According to Maj. Michael Murphy with the sheriff's office, the Escambia County Sheriff's Office has scheduled more patrolling of the area.
Sheriff Grover Smith said Tuesday that his office, along with the Alabama State Troopers, were short on manpower, but would do the best they could.