Icy roads cause dozens of accidents, several road closures in St. Clair County
by ELSIE HODNETT
Jan 08, 2010 | 2909 views |  0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Barricades were put in place on several roads the had large patches of ice and deemed unsafe for travel. The barricades didn’t keep some from driving on the roads. Bob Crisp
Barricades were put in place on several roads the had large patches of ice and deemed unsafe for travel. The barricades didn’t keep some from driving on the roads. Bob Crisp
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ST. CLAIR COUNTY — Icy weather conditions created road problems Friday morning in the northern part of the county.

“Eight roads were closed Friday morning due to ice, and another six roads had patchy ice,” said Patrice Payne, assistant director for the St. Clair County Emergency Management Agency.

Payne said problems started shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday.

“Central Dispatch reported 25 wrecks between 5 p.m. and midnight Thursday due to icy road conditions,” she said.

Payne said the icy conditions were in the Odenville, Springville, Friendship community, Shoal Creek community, and Chandler Mountain areas.

Joy Ray, office manager for the St. Clair County Transportation Department, said roads closed Friday due to ice included St. Clair County 12 between Alabama 174 and Mountain View Road, St. Clair County 21 from Ragland to St. Clair County 24, Lynch Lake Road (off Alabama 174), Village Springs Road in the Springville area, Mountain View Road in the Springville area, Murphree Valley Road (Murphree Valley Bridge and Horseshoe Bend), Pine Mountain Road, and St. Clair County 42 on the Hyatt Gap end near Chandler Mountain.

Ray said roads with patchy ice Friday morning included St. Clair County 22, Pleasant Valley Road, Canoe Creek Bridge, Oak Grove Road, Pine Mountain Road, the 8800 block of Old Springville, and George Crow Road.

“The crews were out since 7 a.m. Friday working to reopen the roads,” she said.

Ray said all the county roads were reopened throughout the day Friday except St. Clair County 42 on the Hyatt Gap end near Chandler Mountain.

“County Road 42 on the Hyatt Gap end near Chandler Mountain will remain closed this weekend,” she said. “The barricades will remain in place, and we are asking individuals not to travel around the barricades.”

Ray said crews will assess the closed road on Monday, but there is no timeframe on reopening that portion of the road.

“It will depend on the weather,” she said.

Ray said Friday afternoon there were still parts of patchy ice on both Pleasant Valley Road and Oak Grove Road, although both roads were passable.

“We are asking individuals to use caution when driving along those two roads,” she said.

Ray said all other county roads were sanded and passable Friday afternoon.

“Anyone with questions should call Central Dispatch at 205-884-3333,” she said.

Alabama Power Company spokesman Brandon Glover said there were no power outages in St. Clair County between 6 a.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday.

“We were not expecting a lot of outages due to snow, and didn’t have any at all in St. Clair County,” he said. “Although we are expecting freezing weather this weekend, we are not expecting any major power line damage from the cold weather.”