Most county roads now open to traffic
by Jennifer Cohron
Jan 30, 2014 | 1524 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Most of the roads in Walker County were safe and open for travel Wednesday afternoon.

“Right now all of the main roads are passable. Everything north of Jasper is in good shape,” Walker County Commission Chairman Billy Luster said at noon on Wednesday.

Luster also predicted that any snow and ice still causing problems on secondary roads would dissipate before nightfall on Wednesday.

The Walker County Courthouse, which has been closed since 10 a.m. on Tuesday, will reopen today.

Luster said the southern and eastern parts of the county were hit hardest by Tuesday’s snowfall.

Roads in Dora, Cordova and Sipsey were among those closed Tuesday night because they had been deemed too dangerous for travel.

Part of Highway 269 south of Parrish was declared to be hazardous by the Alabama Department of Transportation for most of Wednesday morning, and drivers were being urged to use extreme caution in that area as late as 1 p.m.

Luster said members of the Walker County Commission spent most of Tuesday surveying road conditions in their areas, and county employees worked well into the evening addressing icy spots on roads and bridges.

Commissioners whose districts were affected the least made their resources available as the need arose.

“Any time that a request was made, they would send their equipment or their manpower into that area to help out,” Luster said.

Some preparations such as getting trucks loaded with sand had been made in advance in spite of the reports from multiple weather services that Walker County would not see any accumulation.

“Obviously, that was incorrect. They called our EMA coordinator Regina Myers around mid-morning and told her that the weather patterns had changed a little bit and it was going to be a little further north than they thought,” Luster said.

Luster commended Myers and Tommy Davis in the EMA office for their handling of the situation. Updates on road conditions were available to the public throughout Tuesday and Wednesday on the EMA’s Facebook page.

Luster said any new information received at the EMA office from state officials was passed along to commissioners and himself.

“They worked tirelessly throughout this whole thing to make sure that everything operated smoothly,” Luster said.