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
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
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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