Traffic committee: Would fencing stop overpass attacks?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police are still working to catch those responsible for throwing or shooting objects at cars on the Red Mountain Expressway.

CBS42 reported the disturbing trend in March. The latest incident happened over the weekend. Luckily, no one has been injured so far, but the same cannot be said for their cars.

While police are working to catch the criminals responsible, city leaders are talking about what they can do to help.

Councilwoman Kim Rafferty spoke about the issue Wednesday, and she brought up the issue of fencing on the overpasses.

As it stands, there’s no fencing on the Highland Avenue overpass to potentially keep people from throwing objects at cars.

Rafferty said a few pedestrian bridges in the city have chain link fences, but that’s it.

“That’s a sad thing for us to have to waste money to deal with people who cannot respect the law and respect the issue of safety concerning cars that go under the overpass,” Rafferty said.

The traffic committee met earlier Wednesday, and they’re sending a formal request to the mayor’s office as soon as possible to ask his staff to put together an options report for securing interstate and expressway overpasses.

Rafferty says this will most likely come down to some kind of fencing. She says they won’t be pretty, but it may help keep drivers safe.

Another issue in the area that has been discussed is the lack of lighting. Rafferty was asked about the lack of lighting, and she doesn’t think security lighting would make a difference in dealing with the current issue.

The lighting along interstates in Birmingham area is outdated, and in many areas the lights are not working.

The Alabama Department of Transportation is working to get the lighting fixed and eventually replaced.

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