CullmanTimes.com - Cullman, Alabama

January 17, 2013

Lacon Mountain on I65 impassable; state trying to sand road

By David Palmer
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Lacon Mountain along Interstate 65 is impassable at this time, but state road crews are trying to make their way to the area with sand.

“If we can get Lacon Mountain clear we can start to move more traffic out and get people home,” said Phyllis Little, director of Cullman County Emergency Management Agency. “Right now, no one can get up the hill or down the hill and it’s caused traffic to congest in several areas. Until the state can get sand on the road motorists should stay away from that area of the interstate.”

In the meantime, county road crews are sanding as many bridges as they can reach before sundown, she said.

“They are not sanding the roads, but they are working to clear the bridges,” Little said.

Little also warned that U.S. 31, from Hurricane Creek north, is  in poor condition and shouldn’t be traveled at this time.

County schools superintendent Billy Coleman also reported that school buses were starting to run again at 3:20 p.m. in an effort to clear students out of Harmony, West Point, and Cold Springs schools. Students were stranded at those schools because road conditions became so treacherous during the snow that the buses routes were halted.

Conditions have improved slightly in some areas because the sun emerged this afternoon, accompanied by a rise in the temperature. However, nightfall is expected to bring freezing temperatures and more difficulties on road through the early morning hours.

Area school officials have not announced opening times for Friday morning. County government offices will open at 10 a.m. Friday.