Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and state officials are urging Georgians to stay off the roads.
Cars are littered across Metro Atlanta roadways as motorists trying to get home became stuck. Some viewers reported taking 10 hours to get home when it would normally take 30 minutes.
GDOT advises the public to refrain from all but absolutely necessary travel until midday Wednesday at the earliest. If motorists must travel, please 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; and never pass a Georgia DOT, contractor or local government truck treating the road. Also, avoid any driving after dark as black ice will form on streets, roads and highways and is virtually impossible to detect in the dark.
"This has been a trying night for thousands of Georgians," DOT spokeswoman Natalie Dale warned. "This storm and the bitter temperatures have caused untold hardships. We are hopeful to return roadways to some level of normalcy today but would encourage the public to remain home, preferably all day if possible. For your own safety, you should refrain from driving at all unless you are faced with a dire emergency."
Here are the latest reports of ice on roadways:
Numerous roads throughout the state have at times been temporarily unpassable, including Interstate Highway 75/85 (The Atlanta Downtown Connector) southbound at Fulton Street, Interstate Highway 20 westbound at the Connector, Interstate Highway 85 southbound in Gwinnett County at Hamilton Mill Road, numerous Interstate 75 entrance and exit ramps in Cobb County, north and southbound I-75 in Bartow County at State Route 20, Interstate Highway 575 northbound in Cherokee County at Cumming Highway, Interstate Highway 985 southbound in Hall County at State Route 129, Interstate 75 NB beginning in Monroe County at mile marker 181, Interstate 75 SB between mile markers 199 and 201 in Butts and Lamar Counties, SR 155 at SR 42 in Henry County;, Interstate Highway 20 westbound in Richmond County, State Route 16 at the Spalding/Coweta counties line; State Route 141 north and southbound in Gwinnett County, State Route 9 north and southbound in Forsyth County, State Route 164 east and westbound in Banks County, State Route 120 eastbound in Haralson County, State Route 61 in Carroll County, State Route 36 near Nelson Drive in Upson County, State Route 49 at State Route 42 in Peach County, State Route 156 east and west bound in Gordon County, portions of State Routes 14, 38 and 92 in Fulton County. Crews are working at all locations but black ice accumulations often result in a corridor having to be temporarily closed multiple times
The only roads officially closed for the duration at this time are the customary winter weather closings of State Route 180 Spur in Towns County and a portion of State Route 348 in White County.
Ga. Highway 138 (Jonesboro Road) east and westbound from Highway 29 to Buffington Road is at a standstll in Union City.
Exit 2 on I-85 in Harris County through Troup County
The Georgia State Patrol is currently working several crashes in the Troup County area on I-85. Icy roads and bridges have been a contributing factor.
SR 301 NS at Hartline Rd; Dade County
SR 13 Conn NS at SR 141: DeKalb County
SR 3 S at Mac Johnson Rd; Bartow County
I-575 N at Riverstone Pkwy; Cherokee County
SR 3 NS at Lakewood Ave; Fulton County
SR 100 N at SR 120; Upson County
SR 1 NS at Yellow Jacket Bridge: Troup County
I-85 SB at MP 13 to MP 6 closed (area of SR 219); Troup County
SR 219 NS at Davis St; Troup Co; (Just north of Davis St at Sunny Point and West Point Access)
I-85 N at Mile Post 9; Troup County
SR 100 N at SR 120; Haralson County
I-75 S at Mile Post 294; Bartow County
I-185 E at Mile Post 35; Harris County
Two lanes blocked on I-75 northbound from mile marker 346 to the Tennessee border; Catoosa County
Hwy 136 WB from 183 to Hey 52; Dawson County
SR 140 EW at Cass Pine Log; Bartow County
SR 52 EW at Duvall Rd; Murray County
SR 92 N at Seaboard St; Paulding County; Bridge Over Silver Comet Trail-Icy
SR 113 NS at Tennessee St; Bartow County
SR 2 EW at Dietz Rd; Catoosa County
Roswell - GA 400 bridges, Arnold Mill Rd. at the county line, Cox Rd. near Station 6, the area near Litchfield subdivision and Crossville near Wavetree Rd.
Woodstock - Significant icing is beginning to occur throughout the city.
Hammond Drive in Sandy Springs
SR 140 EW at Hospital Conn; Cherokee County
Meadowbrook Lane; Clayton County
I-675 S at Before Anvilblock Rd; Clayton County
SR 400 N –from Harmony Church Rd to Lumpkin County Lie; 2 mile stretch
I-20 E at Windsor St; All lanes iced over
SR 136 W at Alonzo Bert Rd; Dawson County
I-285 W at Flat Shoals; DeKalb County
SR 92 EW at Courtland St; Douglas County
SR 16 W at Chattahoochee Bridge; Coweta County
Alpharetta - Mayfield Road, Webb Bridge near Creekview Elementary, Harris Road, Westside Parkway near the Honda facility, Kimball Bridge overpass, Webb Bridge near Big Creek, Milton Avenue at Canton Street, Area of Preston Ridge
Conyers - Parker Road Bridge is now closed
I-75 N at Cumberland Blvd; Cobb County
Bridge Freezing: 75/85 At University Ave; Fulton County
SR 53 W at Before SR 183; Dawson County
SR 20 EW at I-75 Overpass; Henry County
Fulton County - Campbellton Rd at Fulton Industrial Blvd., Butner Road at Camp Creek, Connell Road at Cedar Hurst, Cascade at Fulton Industrial Blvd, Buffington Road at Old Bill Cook, 285 West connector at Old National Highway, White Mill Road at Hwy 92, Fairburn Road at New Halen, Hwy 92 at Hall Road, Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive at Fulton Industrial Boulevard, Flat Shoals Road from Mallory Road to Old National Highway
SR 138 NS at Buffington Rd; Fulton Co ; all lanes blocked
SR 13 S at Pleasant Hill; Gwinnett Co; SB Lane is closed on bridge
Haynes Bridge over GA400 is shutdown in Alpharetta
SR 156 EW (Red Bud Rd) At Barrett Rd; Gordon Co; 4 busses with children on board; stranded
I-285 W at Boudlercrest Rd; DeKalb Co
Henry County - 1.5 mile stretch of Flippen Road is closed between Jodeco and McCullough Road
Roads in the city of Mountain Park are impassable
Forsyth County - Pooles Mill Road at Ward Road, Sharon Road in front of Sharon Park, McGinnis Ferry Road at Old Alpharetta Road, East Maple at Main Street, Hwy. 369 at Wallace Tatum, Bethany Road at McGinnis Ferry Road
SR 3 NS at Mile Post 5.71; Spalding County
I-85 NS at Kia Overpass; Troup County
SR 42 EW at Gardens Grove Dr; Henry County
Dunwoody - Roberts Rd at Austin Elementary, Dunwoody Club Drive
Barnwell Road between Rivermont Parkway and Holcomb Bridge Road in Johns Creek is now closed
Abbotts Bridge Road between Station Run and Parsons Road in Johns Creek is closed
Fowler Road at Mullinax Road in Forsyth County is closed
SR 138 E at SR 85; Clayton County
Gwinnett DOT has closed Ronald Reagan Parkway
Conyers - Parker Rd Bridge, Sigman Rd from Milstead Ave to HWY 138, Rockbridge Rd at Sigman Rd, Salem Rd to County line.
DeKalb County - Columbia Dr @ Columbia Woods North, Moreland Ave @ South River Rd, I285 E & W @ Flatshoals Pkwy, I-78 EB From Mountain Indiustrial to Park Place, Dunwoody Club Drive e/b, Perimeter Center West w/b, Valley View Drive, Dunwoody Club Drive, I20W @ I285N, Rockchapel Road @ Lithonia Industrial Blvd., E. Ponce DL Ave @ Hairston, 1551 Briarcliff Road NE Atlanta GA 30306, Meadow Lane e/b, N. Hairston Rd @ Central Drive, Woodwind Road at Woodwind Court, Pleasent Wood Road at Snapfinger Drive, I-20 WB at Glenwood Road, Rainbow Drive at Rainbow Circle, 1586 Snapfinger Road, 615 Ponce De Leon Place, 3200 block of Mercer University Drive, Bridge at Clarimont Rd, Mercer University Drive
If motorists must travel, please be patient and 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; and never pass a Georgia DOT, contractor or local government truck treating the road. Also, avoid any driving after dark as black ice will form on streets, roads and highways and is virtually impossible to detect in the dark.
Officials have prioritized DOT's principal goals Wednesday morning:
Get any remaining stranded motorists and students home as quickly as possible;
Compel tractor trailers not to drive in Metro and north Georgia unless utilizing chains;
Move stranded trucks and passenger vehicles from the roadway to shoulders or medians, per Georgia law (A.C.C.G. 32-6-2);
Treat outside shoulders of Interstates, as well as entrance and exit ramps; and
Continue to treat and reopen those corridors that become unpassable due to black ice accumulations.
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