Mobile Police advise motorists to stay off roadways

cottage hill and university

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m.: ALDOT has advised they will complete de-icing the eastbound Wallace Tunnel. Due to the closure of the Bay Way, traffic will flow through the Wallace Tunnel and be diverted down to the Causeway.

UPDATE 3:51 p.m: The Mobile Police Department said all barricades have been removed with the exception of Howells Ferry Road between Carlisle and Colonial and the Airport Boulevard ramp at I-65.

UPDATE: Ashley Rains with the Mobile Police Department said Mobile Police have closed the ramp from westbound Airport Boulevard to I-65 South until further notice. She also said the Bankhead and Wallace tunnels are open.

At this time, Mobile Police are in the process of placing barricades at the following treacherous intersections and roadways. These areas will not be passable to any motorist under any circumstance.

-Schillinger Road between Cottage Hill and Three Notch Roads
-Museum Drive and Spring Hill Avenue, both at John D. New Road
-Ziegler Road at Forest Hill Drive
-Azalea Road at Cottage Hill, Michael Boulevard and Village Green Drive
-Spring Hill Avenue at Tuthill Lane
-Snow Road at Tanner Williams Road
-Shelby Street at Center Street
-University Boulevard at Airport Boulevard
-Cottage Hill Road between University Boulevard and Knollwood Drive
-Sollie Road between Oxford and Three Notch Road
-Old Shell Road at University Boulevard
-Nevius Road at Hillcrest Road as well as Bush Lane
-Highway 90 at Landsdowne
-Spring Hill Avenue at Brawood Drive
-Stanton Road at Oak Knoll Drive
-Azalea Road at Airport Boulevard
-Pleasant Valley Road at Davidson High School

The following are complete road closures which are not passable at this time:

-Hillcrest Road
-Cochrane Bridge
-Hope Bridge
-I-10 at 1-65 interchange
The following intersections are being manned by police officers and are not passable:

-Ziegler Boulevard at Forest Hill Drive
-Moffett Road at Forest Hill Drive
-Old Shell Road at I-65
-Cottage Hill at Knollwood Drive
-Cottage Hill at University Boulevard
-Girby Road at Lloyds Lane as well as Medical Park
-Southbound University Boulevard at Grelot Road

“This is not a matter of how to drive or how to stay careful on icy streets,” said Chief of Police, James Barber. “This is a matter of extreme hazard.  Motorists on the streets are an incredible danger to themselves and to others.”

Any road areas, especially those with any incline, are currently a severe hazard to motorists.

From January 28, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. to January 29, 2014 at 7:00 a.m., Mobile Police received 96 calls for service for weather-related traffic issues. Since 7:00 a.m. today, Mobile Police have received 193 weather-related traffic calls for service.  Officer Dorthea George was assisting a motorist when she fell on ice and broke her elbow. Mobile Police continue to ask citizens to shelter in place except in the case of extreme emergency.

“Conditions on our roadways are not improving,” said Chief James Barber. “We want Mobilians to stay safe and the easiest way to do this is to stay off the roads.”

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