GDOT preps our roads for possible winter weather
by Fox 5 Atlanta
January 17, 2013 09:00 AM | 1458 views | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
(Fox 5 Atlanta)
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ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation says it's ready for whatever mother nature throws our way. They have nearly 1,600 workers ready to go, and they will be watching the road conditions on Thursday afternoon into Friday's commute.

GODT says of particular concern are bridges and overpass which freeze quicker.

"We'll have some folks out looking at those bridges that are up high, and some of those elevated ramps, just keeping a real close eye. That's where's it's going freeze if it's going to," said GDOT's Mark McKinnon.

The FOX 5 Storm Team is calling for snow in the higher elevations, and in the metro area the culprit is expected to be black ice. GDOT officials want to warn drivers the Friday commute will likely be a bad one, so leave early and expect delays.

"Drive very slowly and carefully and just be aware that there could be ice there," said McKinnon.

GDOT says if you see ice, report it right away.

"If you do encounter some ice, give us a call. Our folks can't be everywhere all the time," said McKinnon.

GDOT takes care of interstates first, then heavily traveled state highways on down. A good rule of thumb, if you see something that looks wet assume it's ice, especially during the early hours of Friday's commute. They say if they have to treat the roads, they plan on using a mixture of liquid and solid salts. They say they hope the new concoction will cause ice to melt quickly.

"I don't think it's going to be that bad. You know people around here can't handle any kind of bad weather, so," said driver William Reed.

GDOT says motorists should be aware of potentially dangerous situations:

  • Bridges, as black ice forms there first and can reform quickly
  • Highest elevations in North Central and Northeast Georgia
  • Fallen trees, with root systems weakened by drought and saturated by recent heavy rains, the potential exists for strong winds to cause trees to fall onto or adjacent to roadways
  • Traffic signals not operating because of power outages
  • High profile vehicles, as they can be difficult to control in high winds
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