While Bethsadia Fire Chief Buddy Carden says he's not sure who placed them there, he thinks they designate the 13 lives lost at the treacherous driving location in the last five years.
"I'm sure it was some of the family of people that were killed there that put them out," he
said Wednesday."Outside of that, I don't know."Carden
, who has served as Bethsadia's fire chief for several years, drove the deadly stretch of roadway with his
wife earlier this week, noting several flowered memorials on both sides of the Kugler Creek bridge.
"We counted 13 in all," he
said."In the last five years, there's been 13 people that died there, so I figured they were putting a cross out for every person that died."
time as chief, Carden
has worked all 13 fatal accident at the location and several serious, non-fatal accidents.
Over the years, the location has become renowned throughout Cullman County as being particularly deadly since the bridge sits at the bottom of a steep ravine and drivers must negotiate sharp turns to cross it - the location is particularly prone to semi-truck rollovers.
routine of working accidents at the bridge could soon be changing since the State Department
of Transportation pushed up a road project to bypass the whole area.
The project will straighten the path that cars take and build a new bridge.The DOT is expected to begin purchasing land for the right of way this spring.
"Hopefully, they'll start moving dirt this fall, getting ready to build a bridge," Carden
According to the DOT, work on the bridge should begin by late 2008.Carden
thinks the project will help save the lives of area drivers once it is completed."We know it will," he
Carden credits Sen.Zeb Little, D-Cullman, Rep.
In the meantime, Carden
said the roadway on both sides of the bridges has been resurfaced to make it less slick, but the solution is only temporary.
"They tell me in four or five years it will go right back to the way it was," he