If you’re driving around Birmingham, AL, anytime soon, you
may want to double check and make sure you are on the right route – especially
if you’re near Malfunction Junction.
The Birmingham News reported that inspectors with the
Department of Public Safety are cracking down on trucks that use routes other
than designated truck routes. Specifically, inspectors will be watching trucks
headed into the interchange of Interstate 65 and Interstate 20/59.
That interchange, known as Malfunction Junction, was the
site of two recent accidents involving trucks from the same company. Alabama
DOT officials told The Birmingham News that both of those trucks should
have been on Interstate 459, the designated truck route around downtown Birmingham.
The state designated I-459 as a truck route in mid-June. The
DOT has placed signs along the roads to let truckers know that only trucks
bound for I-65 North are allowed to take I-20/59 through downtown. All others
must take I-459.
The state will put additional troopers on the road who will
stop trucks – whether they have probable cause or not – and inspect their
paperwork to determine which route they should be traveling.
A spokesman for the DOT told The Birmingham News that
truckers on the wrong route will be ticketed for failure to obey a traffic
control device, i.e. the signs.