Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert Moore has responded to a letter asking that the highway department remove Dead Man’s Curve from U.S. 278, east of Monticello.

Last month, the death of a young Alabama woman at the dangerous curve prompted a letter to Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert Moore and Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department Director Scott Bennett asking that the department “immediately take all necessary actions to take out ‘Dead Man’s Curve’” in U.S. 278 east of Monticello.

The letter was signed by 52 Monticello residents and was the result of an August 3 discussion in the Adult Sunday School Class of the First United Methodist Church whose members were touched by the August 1 automobile accident that took the life of 21-year-old Carly Nicole Avery, of Hamilton, Alabama.

In his August 27 written response to the letter, Moore said the department will review the area to determine what changes may be warranted to enhance safety, then share its findings with the Sunday School class.

Robert Moore

Robert Moore

“The AHTD staff will be reviewing the area in question to determine what changes may be warranted to enhance safety. Once the review is complete, we will share our findings with the class and, if applicable, provide you information on naming a highway for an individual,” Moore wrote. “Your class is to be commended for making this request. I’m not sure the class has a direct connection to Ms. Avery, but I’m certain her family appreciates your efforts in her honor.”

Meanwhile, a member of the Sunday School class, who asked to not be identified, is asking others to write the highway department to get the road condition corrected.

 

Full text of Arkansas Highway Commissioner Robert Moore’s letter:

August 27, 2014

 

First United Methodist Church of Monticello
Adult Sunday School Class
317 South Main Street
Monticello, AR 71655

 

Dear All:

 

I appreciate you reaching out to me and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) regarding safety on our highways. I regret that it’s regarding a fatality — I know firsthand the tragedy of losing a loved one in a motor vehicle accident.

 

The AHTD staff will be reviewing the area in question to determine what changes may be warranted to enhance safety. Once the review is complete, we will share our findings with the class and, if applicable, provide you information on naming a highway for an individual.

 

Your class is to be commended for making this request. I’m not sure the class has a direct connection to Ms. Avery, but I’m certain her family appreciates your efforts in her honor.

 

Thank you again for contacting us. Please feel free to contact me with any future questions or requests you may have.

 

Sincerely,
Robert S. Moore, Jr.
Commissioner