PUBLIC SAFETY PRESS RELEASE
4 a.m. Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
From the Georgia Department of Transportation:
GAINESVILLE, GA. – Perilous roadway conditions are possible this morning as refreezing occurred overnight and black ice is a threat across the Northeast Georgia Region, especially on bridges. If you can wait, please do not travel until after the sun rises and temperatures get above freezing to minimize your chance of encountering black ice.
Crews are removing the slush and excess gravel from state routes and interstates throughout the region. Georgia DOT received reports of icing at the following locations and crews are working these areas as available;
· Barrow County SR 211 at Wilbanks
· Clarke County - SR 10/US 78 at Lexington Heights
· Elbert County - SR 77 at Elmhurst Drive, SR 368 at SR 77
· Forsyth County – SR 20 at Bethelview Rd
· Gwinnett County – SR 120 at I-85
· Hall County - SR 53/Winder Hwy from Youngblood Rd to SR 211, SR 53/Mundy Mill Rd @ Frontage Rd and SR 60 at Aviation Blvd and SR 52 at Magnolia Station Dr.
· Madison County - SR 8/us 29 at Joe Graham Rd
“Our crews are working diligently in every county to remove ice, slush and the remaining gravel from the roadways and provide safe travel on interstates and state routes. My biggest concern is last night’s refreezing created black ice. Icing can occur quickly on bridges – be very attentive as you approach a bridge, slowing down to half your normal speed. Do not use the gas or brake pedals. Remember, if you see an area that looks like water on the road or bridge – it is ice! Please wait until after the sun comes up and temperatures rise before you drive if possible,” asks Bayne Smith, Georgia DOT District Engineer.
Georgia DOT continues to coordinate with all state agencies at the Emergency Operations Center and Special Operations Center which will remain active throughout this winter storm event.
Georgia DOT urges travelers to exercise caution and call 511 for updated information on roadway conditions before getting on the road during a winter weather event. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, including winter weather closures, reports of icing or other hazardous conditions on interstates and state routes. Callers also can transfer to operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week. More information is available at www.511ga.org. For more information on Georgia DOT, please visit www.dot.ga.gov or subscribe to our Press Release RSS feed. You also may follow us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GDOTNE ) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/GDOTNE).