Drivers on Highway 280 are having to adjust to the "Michigan Left" or the "Michigan U-Turn" at a very busy intersection.
Valleydale and Cahaba Beach Road on 280 see a lot of traffic. Under the new traffic rules, if you are in the opposite lane you can no longer take a left to go onto either roadway.
"I've never seen it before. Never seen it before," Brittney Mitchell, a driver said.
Basically drivers going eastbound on 280 who want to turn onto Cahaba Beach Road will have to go through the intersection to the next light, wait until the U-Turn light turns green, do a U-Turn and then go to Cahaba Beach Road.
"It's a little different. It took me a lot longer to get to work this morning. I don't know with the added lights. They all seemed to be red at the same time," Mitchell said.
This is another step in the Alabama Department of Transportation's effort to speed up traffic and to reduce congestion on 280. Some drivers believe the changes are working.
"I think it's great. I've seen a huge improvement. I'm really all for it," Carol Heimburger, driver said.
Drivers on the westbound side looking to take the U-Turn to get to Valleydale had to wait about three minutes between light changes and then they would have about 20 seconds to get across the road.
"I've been going to work right here at Brook Highland and so far coming from downtown it's been okay. It's been pretty quick," driver Nicole Gettridge said.
The name "Michigan Left" or "Michigan U-Turn" comes from the state of Michigan where it's more common to go to the next light to make a U-Turn to make a left hand turn.
"I think change is good. We've needed change here for a long time," Heimburger said.
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