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Freezing rain works against DOT crews

ATLANTA - The Georgia Dept. of Transportation is urging tractor trailers to delay travel through the state until at least Tuesday afternoon so roadway conditions can improve. 

DOT crews are facing more ice and freezing rain into the night, said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith Jr. in a statement.

"Our maintenance crews are still working as hard as they can to clear the lanes, but we are facing more ice and freezing rain as we move into the evening." said Georgia DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr.

The Georgia DOT plans to continue rotating 12-hour shifts through Tuesday, with more than 760 Georgia DOT maintenance crews and employees working through the night.  They're using about 670 pieces of equipment to spread more than 6,500 tons of salt and gravel on roadways. 

Most of the current delays and backups are a result of tractor trailers' inability to maneuver the icy conditions on bridges, overpasses and interstates around Atlanta, and the DOT is working to notify. 

Due to freezing rain and sleet south of Interstate 20, these areas are experiencing especially icy conditions, according to the DOT. 

  • I-285 EB at I-75 (just below the Airport)  jackknifed tractor trailer blocking the roadway 
  • I-75 NB at Mount Zion road; Southlake Mall area. Extreme delays and extreme icing in the area
  • I-75 NB at the 120 Loop/Marietta-Roswell
  • I-285 EB at Clifton Springs, Bouldercrest Road area. Tractor trailers are just stopped and blocking the roadway so DOT are unable to get to the icy spots. 
  • I-675 @I-285 area is completely iced over

Crews have treated and retreated all areas, but due to the freezing rain, there continues to be ice developing on the roadway, according to the DOT. It is taking DOT trucks much more time to get to these problem areas because many tractor trailers are blocking the roadway.   

Large trucks are being urged to stay off the roadways. 

Get real-time traffic and travel information statewide at www.511ga.org

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