GDOT Prepares For Winter Storm Threat

By: Winnie Anne Wright Email
By: Winnie Anne Wright Email

Winnie Anne Wright
January 28, 2014

Tifton, GA - The Georgia Department of Transportation has all hands on deck and says they're doing everything they can to prepare for tonight's winter storm threat.

"So we have trucks that are loaded down with the gravel and salt mixture to lay down on roads in the event that they ice. We've got 12 snow plows attached to dump trucks" says Nita Birmingham, GDOT District Communications Officer.

The Georgia Department of Transportation tells me they've loaded up about thirty dump trucks full of this combination of both gravel and sea salt. Now they're sending it to all the surrounding counties to ensure that they have it on hand just in case ice lands on the road ways.

GDOT and local law enforcement will be monitoring the roadway conditions, both Tuesday and Wednesday. Luckily, many schools and businesses will be closed, but if you have to get on the roads for any reason, GDOT says safety is the number 1 priority.

"GDOT's recommendations for people are to stay off the roads, stay home unless you absolutely have to go out, in the event that we get a lot of ice, or it gets really bad, our crews are going to need to go out emergency crews are going to need to go out, power crews are going to have to be out there. We really don't need addition motorists out on the roadway, potentially creating other hazards."

Birmingham says if you see ice or snow on the roads during your daily commute; call your local law enforcement.

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