Officials: Roads remain closed (updated 10:30 a.m.)

Published 7:23 am Thursday, January 30, 2014

State and local officials continue to urge residents to remain off roadways in Pike County.

“Per ALDOT, U.S. 231 remains closed,” Troy Mayor Jason Reeves said at 10:30 a.m.  “These roads are still dangerous.”

Pike County EMA Director Jeanna Barnes urged residents to be patient. “At this time, roads are still closed. I know everyone is anxious, but please be patient,” she said in a statement. “They are closed for your safety. The roads at your location may seem OK, but that is not the case county-wide.

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Officials say they cannot predict when roads will reopen. “Unfortunately, we cannot provide you with a specific time as to when they will reopen. Road conditions will be evaluated throughout the day and officials will reopen them only when they are deemed safe for public travel,” Barnes said. ” Once they are reopened, we will notify you as soon as possible. We stress that you continue to keep yourself and our first responders safe by not putting yourself in danger!”

As of 11:30 p.m. Wednesday,  all roads except U.S. 231 were officially closed to non-essential or emergency traffic due to the weather conditions, Barnes had said in a statement  “It’s the opinion of the EMA that with the hard freeze warning in effect (Wednesday) night, roadways throughout Pike County may become potentially even more hazardous overnight than they were Wednesday.”

Forecasts call for a high of about 41 degrees today, which would allow the ice on roadways to melt. “The sunshine will help more than anything,” Reeves said.

Meanwhile, several businesses offered updates about openings for Thursday:

• Both locations of First National Bank will open at  noon today.

• All locations of Troy Bank and Trust will open at noon, except for the Goshen location. It will remain closed today.

• At Walmart Distribution Center, first shift will report on a two-hour delay. Second shift will work a normal schedule.

• HB&G Building Products, Inc. will not work manufacturing  Thursday on first or second shifts. Mold cleaners and headquarters should contact their supervisors.

• The Messenger office will open at 10 a.m. Thursday.

• The City of Troy, Pike County offices and the Pike County Courthouse remain closed all day.

The Messenger will continue to provide updates on roadways and travel conditions throughout the day.