Road Closed in Cherokee County
The westbound lane of Alabama Highway 68 in Cherokee County between Leesburg and Sand Rock was significantly damaged during recent flooding and is closed to all traffic, including local and thru traffic. According to Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver despite the road closure signage and widespread media notification, numerous motorists are driving around the barricades into oncoming traffic. Local law enforcement and sheriff's deputies have been extremely busy writing citations and trying to prevent accidents on Alabama Highway 68. Shaver says he has been in contact with the Department of Transportation and Alabama Law Enforcement officials to request State Troopers be posted at the bottom of the mountain to help warn motorists not to ignore the barricade. According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, repairs to this section of roadway will be extensive and could take a month or longer to repair.