Alabama highway gets 24-hour patrol

| 1/24/2002

Alabama officials have agreed to put at least one state trooper on Interstate 20 near Birmingham 24 hours a day. The 22-mile stretch of road has a high number of fatalities and wrecks.

The Alabama Department of Transportation will supply $360,000 in federal funds to the state Department of Public Safety to pay for the stepped-up enforcement, which is scheduled to begin soon. Currently, because of understaffing, there are hours when the road is not patrolled.

In 2001, six people died and 182 were injured in 461 wrecks along the stretch, according to the Birmingham News. Work to build median barriers along the highway to prevent head-on collisions is scheduled to begin this spring.