• 50°
Hartselle Enquirer

Rename I-65 to Talladega 65?

This past weekend, Lynn and I drove to Shreveport La., to help our oldest son Jordan move back to Hartselle.

We left Hartselle last Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m. and all was well and traffic was kind of heavy but not unexpected for an upcoming holiday weekend. We had not quite reached Falkville on Interstate 65 when we had to come to an almost complete stop.

Apparently someone put out a yellow flag (lol) since there was no apparent reason for the traffic to have slowed down much less come to an almost complete halt.

We traveled through Birmingham and merged onto 20/59 and enjoyed very little traffic issues, especially as we moved further from metro Birmingham. We continued on and merged onto Interstate 20 and traveled to Jackson Miss., where we decided to spend the night.

The next morning, we left Jackson and traveled the rest of the way to Shreveport with very little traffic on Interstate 20 and traveled along at a steady pace. I usually drive around 75 mph on the interstate, and even passed several other vehicles at that speed. I do not recall traffic ever bunching up or slowing due to congestion as we continued to head west.

Saturday afternoon we started the trip back to Hartselle and experienced the same type of traffic flow and speed as we did on the trip Friday morning. The only incident was traffic stopped for an hour outside of Shreveport due to an over the road tractor-trailer on fire with blazing flames. Traffic was stalled, but as soon as the fire was put out, traffic was able to move on and separate with little congestion.

After spending Friday night in Jackson, we left for Hartselle again. Traffic continued to move fine at what seemed to be normal flow and speed through Tuscaloosa and even back into Interstate 20/59.

Then we arrive at malfunction junction and exit back onto Interstate 65 headed north. Well, as soon as you make that exit “it is, Katie, bar the door.”  Vehicles are passing you going at break neck speed even as you are traveling at 75 mph. You will move along for a few miles and apparently someone throws up a yellow flag and traffic slows and congestion follows again. You will travel a few more miles and get passed like you are sitting still by almost everyone else on the road. But don’t set your cruise- in just a few more miles you will be slowing to an almost stop, again, for no apparent reason.

We discuss this each time we leave the state and come back on 65 in Alabama; it seems to be the only time this occurs. Oh well, safe travels.

Randy Garrison is the president and publisher of the Hartselle Enquirer.

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

‘I hope it fuels them’: Hartselle turns focus to next season after Elite Eight loss

At a Glance

Students advance to final round in 3D CAD competition

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Woman accused of pushing Hartselle woman off cliff writes letter to judge 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle Drama makes a splash with “The SpongeBob Musical” 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hartselle woman marks 28th anniversary of heart transplant 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Woman killed in Somerville house fire identified

At a Glance

Child Safety Conference set for March 5

Editor's picks

Decatur Morgan Hospital getting Safe Haven Baby Box 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Annual tree giveaway set for March 6 

At a Glance

Hartselle native joins American Angus Association  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

FlashFiber celebrates 10,000th customer 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Alleged shooter in murder-for-hire case to stand trial in October 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Garbage routes altered for Presidents Day

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

College Street Players to present magical production of Peter Pan Jr.  

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Hundreds dazzle at annual Cinderella Ball 

At a Glance

More I-65 paving planned for next week

Editor's picks

Tiger Paws roar to victory at national championships 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Key surpasses Pouncey on all-time wins list

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

ALDOT to pave portions of I-65 South this week

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Meals on Wheels waiting list growing as funding reduced 

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Dream, Pitch, Win: Launch Tank competition now accepting applications

FRONT PAGE FEATURED

Priceville students visit HudsonAlpha Institute  

Falkville

Local church holding Night to Shine event this weekend

At a Glance

HealthSource Chiropractic expands reach to Hartselle 

x