Gallatin County Travel Advisory

 

20140221-194857.jpg(Gallatin County, Mont.) This morning at 6:00 a.m. the Gallatin County Road Department and the Sheriff’s Office report the following  conditions. Most all north south running roads in the valley are drifted with drifting up to 4 feet in many places. Some of the roads that are drifted include Cottonwood, Gooch Hill, Love Lane and Jackson Cr. The County Road Department has every plow and vehicle out which totals 12 plow trucks and 6 larger vehicles.  Multiple vehicles are being found stuck or abandoned in the roadways.  Abandoned or stuck vehicles are preventing the plows from opening up the roadways.  Local tow companies are coordinating with the County Road Department and Sheriff’s Office to remove cars and open roads. At this time the County is requesting that the public limit traffic to essential travel only.  This will allow workers to attempt to clear the roadways without being delayed by stuck cars.   Local officials report that it has been about 18 years since we have experienced conditions like this.  Conditions going forward into the day will depend on the wind according to the Road Department.  So far there has been no reports of injuries or emergencies related to the storm but the Sheriff’s Office has plans in place in case of emergency calls.  State highways are maintained by the State Department of Transportation and are not included in this report.