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Icy conditions continue on Islands Expressway


Officials are keeping a close eye on the Thunderbolt Bridge heading onto the islands. The only other route to the islands has been shutdown.

Drivers are getting turned away from the President's Street drawbridge because of dangerous ice accumulation.

Car after car make inevitable U-turns when they find out that the Islands Expressways' Sam Varnadoe bridge is closed because the metal part of the drawbridge surface roadway has iced over. Savannah-Chatham Metro Police said they cannot sand or salt a the drawbridge  because it would basically fall right through the metal grates. The Georgia Dept. of Transportation has been treating major roads on the islands including U.S. 80 and the Lazaretto Creek Bridge.

Right now the Islands Expressway is off limits indefinitely.

"Once you hit that grating, it is slick; it's iced. It's got holes in it. It's extremely slippery and it poses a threat to the people driving," said Capt. John Best with Savannah-Chatham Metro Police.

Right now only emergency vehicles can cross the bridge. If there's a personal emergency, the bridge will be closed until the temperatures warm up and the ice starts to melt.

As for the Thunderbolt Bridge, crews are salting and sanding it to keep it open. However, if they feel it is unsafe, it will be shut down.

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