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GDOT: Southeast GA was prepared

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BLOOMINGDALE, GA (WTOC) -

While some areas of the state struggled after the wintery storm hit, in Savannah, the response went according to plan, according to local Georgia Department of Transportation officials.

Even drivers who had no other option but to be on the roads during the bad weather said they felt the roads were taken care of.

"I know what road conditions are when you get out there, and I know what looks safe and what doesn't," said driver Andy Davis. "Everything that I saw, the signs, the warnings looked fair in good condition to me."

In Southeast Georiga, the DOT said they had all the resources they needed. They even practice for these types of events to make sure everything goes according to plan during the real thing.

"Everyone knows their responsibility and where to go," said Jill Nagel, the spokesperson of GDOT's Southeast region. "When this is implemented, everything went seemlessly, perfect. So we are very happy with our crews and how everything fell into place. "

Here in district 5 they had at least 300 employees on call, 200 tons of salt, 4,000 tons of gravel and 12 pieces of snow removal equipment. They even called in a contractor to make sure the major interestates like I-16 and I-95 were taken care of. 

And while they were prepared, GDOT says it's thanks to the locals for heeding their very important advice.

"Not having the traffic on the freeways, not having them on the state routes, that gave us the opportunity to go in and do what we needed to do to get the ice off the roadways," said Nagel.

GDOT says all of their resources have been depleated, so now they are restocking to make sure they are ready for the next one if it happens.

Not all districts in the state had such a seemless response. We learned in the Metro Atlanta district, while they had double the amount of gravel and ten times the equipment, they had fewer DOT employees on call.

In fact, the Atlanta area had 281 employees on call verses the Southeast's 300 employees. GDOT Boardmembers say these resources are allocated based on geographical location, basically how much area needs to be covered, and the weather predictions.

In this specific case, the original path of the storm had the southeast portion of the state getting hit the worst. However, according to GDOT officials, the path changed last minute, causing a need to shift resources.

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