January 31, 2014
THOMASTON, GA – Georgia DOT urges motorists to stay off the roadways. Hazardous driving conditions continue throughout Georgia. Department of Transportation crews are active throughout affected areas but Georgia DOT is urging motorists to stay off of highways as conditions are likely to continue to deteriorate until temperatures rise. The Department advises the public to refrain from all but absolutely necessary travel until midday Thursday at the earliest.
Traffic has hampered Georgia DOT crews from treating the roads and clearing incidents; Department officials are hopeful that continued minimal traffic will allow for a full recovery. GDOT crews are spreading a salt/rock mixture on all bridges and road surfaces.
Motorists who must travel should be extremely cautious. Slow down considerably; allow extra distance between yourself and other vehicles maintain a steady speed; avoid lane changing and sudden acceleration or braking.
Currently there are no roads closed due to snow and ice.
Crews are working throughout West Central Georgia addressing any icy locations they come across. Many locations remain hazardous as icing has been reported.
Motorists should not pass a DOT dump truck spreading the salt/stone mixture, as stones may get kicked up at their cars and could break windshields. Please follow at least 100 feet behind DOT vehicles and never pass a Georgia DOT, contractor or local government truck treating the road.
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.