Southwest District GDOT prepares for winter weather

GDOT spent Tuesday preparing for winter weather conditions.

Photo: Kailey McCarthy

The Southwest District of the Georgia Department of Public Transportation has been working diligently since Tuesday morning, preparing for the risk of winter weather.

Tuesday morning, crews from all over the district began picking up a salt - rock mixture to pre-treat roadways for ice.

At 9 p.m. Tuesday, crews in the Northwest corner of the district began pre-treating bridges and overpasses.

From there, crews around the district are scheduled to go out at 11 p.m. Tuesday and again at 4 a.m. Wednesday.

GDOT District four Communications Director Nita Birmingham says unless you have to, it is a good idea to stay off roadways late Tuesday evening and in to early Wednesday.

"Just try to not be on the road because you know we will have our people out there trying to treat the roads, law enforcement is going to be out there trying to get where they need to be and other operators will be out there too to assist motorists and law enforcement for crashes. They started working a twelve hour shift Tuesday afternoon. It is a good idea to be safe and stay off roads," said Birmingham.

Birmingham warns drivers to be aware of the potential for black ice on the roadways.

She says if you must be on the road early Wednesday morning, slow down and make sure to increase your driving distance between vehicles.

On Tuesday afternoon, 10 snow plows were sent to assist crews in Atlanta.

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