DOT: “Icy Conditions — Stay Off the Roads” (10 AM 2-13-14)

Two snow plows wiped out on North Georgia's icy roads.
Two snow plows wiped out on North Georgia’s icy roads.

Governor Deal has extended the State of Emergency for 91 counties in Georgia through Sunday, February 16, 2014.

Minimal lanes on major freeways are passable, but side roads are laden with ice and snow.

Teri Pope of the Department of Transportation warns us that perilous roadway conditions continue tonight as snow falls throughout the Northeast Georgia Region. Please do not travel unless it is an emergency through at least mid-afternoon.

Crews are plowing snow and spreading salt and gravel on state routes and interstates throughout the region. Georgia DOT received reports of icing at the following locations and crews will work these areas when available;

  • SR 77 in Elbert County
  • SR 120 at Meadowlark Drive in Gwinnett
  • SR 369 and bridges over Lake Lanier in Hall County

“Our crews are working diligently in every county to remove snow, ice and slush from the roadways and provide a safe travel on interstates and state routes. This allows us to keep major roads open that benefit the most emergency traffic. We can’t cover all 5,600 lane miles of interstates and state routes at the same time. Please do not multiply the hazards by driving unless it is an emergency situation. We need you to stay off the roads until mid-afternoon today,” 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 — 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.

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