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GDOT working long hours to keep roadways safe

The GDOT Southwest Georgia District has nearly 300 crews, and many of them are working more than 12 hours on roads and highways including I-75. / Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

The Georgia Department of Transportation has been working long hours to keep drivers safe due to snow falling across the state of Georgia.

The GDOT Southwest Georgia District has nearly 300 crews, and many of them are working more than 12 hours on roads and highways including I-75.

They sent 57 people and 10 snow plow trucks to help out in Atlanta starting on Tuesday night.

The Metro Atlanta area was a big concern since there are a lot of people with many different main roads to travel on.

Southwest Georgia saw a pretty smooth day. Crews were sent Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning to treat roads and highways with a rock salt mix. About 134 tons of the rock salt mixture was use in the district.

“That went really well,” Nita Birmingham, GDOT communication specialist. “Honestly, [Wednesday] has been uneventful for us, for the most part. We’ve had some trouble spots. I believe three state routes were showing ice, but they’re passible.”

During the day on Wednesday, it was a little warmer since the sun came out to help dry some of the wet spots. Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing Wednesday night, so if they are any wet spots left on the roads, they could freeze.

GDOT encourages the community to be cautious while driving.

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