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.
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.
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.