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CVCC wants to change speed limit on Hwy 431

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - Chattahoochee Valley Community College has a great location off Highway 431, but the heavy-traveled area is becoming a safety hazard.

On most parts of Highway 431 the speed limit is 65 miles per hour, and U-turns are legal at almost every turning lane, but faculty at CVCC say that is a danger for students right in front of their campus.

CVCC President Laurel Blackwell told News Leader 9, "CVCC is concerned about speed on 431 as students attempt to turn on to the college campus. At 65 miles per hour that is a lot of speed and congestion."

Dr. Blackwell says it's dangerous for students and faculty pulling onto the highway with cars traveling at nearly 70 miles per hour.

So she's requesting she speed limit be changed to 50 and a "No U-Turn" sign be posted, "The concern has not come from students, it's a concern of faculty and staff. Over the years we've known traffic moves too quickly for the number of people turning into College Drive."

Phenix City Council supports the idea and after Dr. Blackwell gets approval from Russell County Commissioners, she will take the proposal to the Alabama Department of Transportation.

She added, "Fortunately we haven't had a tragedy at the intersection, but we are concerned, especially when the apartments are added. We're trying to avoid tragedy, avoid injury to a student or citizen in this region."

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