Washed-out road causing headaches for residents forced to take five-mile detour
by Jennifer Cohron
Aug 06, 2013 | 1467 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Residents near the Wolf Creek community hunting area must now take a five-mile detour to Carbon Hill and Jasper after their preferred route washed away.

Homeowner Jason Tittle said the 12 to 15 families affected by the closure of Frozen Hollow Road in February have been given little hope that it will be fixed any time soon.

Meanwhile, they continue to drive 4.6 miles down a dirt road in an adjacent county to reach state Highway 102.

“All of it (the detour) is in Fayette County. We live in Walker County. We pay Walker County taxes and buy our tags in Walker County,” Tittle said.

Tittle said the first sign of a problem was the appearance of cracks in the road. Then parts of it began to break off and slide down the hillside after periods of heavy rain.

“It needs to be closed. We understand that. But we also understand that it needs to be fixed,” Tittle said.

Walker County Commissioner Dan Wright, whose district includes Frozen Hollow Road, said he has been in contact with residents in the area about the problem, which he said will take time to address because of the funding involved.

“We just don’t have $350,000 to fix the road,” Wright said.

Wright said he and other county officials are actively seeking funding sources to repair the 1,000-foot stretch of Frozen Hollow Road.

He added that while it is a priority, other damaged roads and closed bridges in his district will also be getting the attention they deserve until the funding for Frozen Hollow Road comes through.

“That road down is not causing us a liability. These other roads that people are wrecking on are,” Wright said.