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GDOT to begin checking roadways Monday evening

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Courtesy: Mitchie Torres Courtesy: Mitchie Torres

Georgia DOT will begin checking bridges and shady areas for icing and treating roadways as needed starting Monday night.

Crews in Northeast Georgia will begin working 12 hours shifts at 8 p.m. and continue until the winter weather event is over.

Dangerous driving conditions are expected to spread throughout northeast Georgia overnight.

"We ask you to please stay home and when they get there not drive unless it is necessitated by an emergency," asked Bayne Smith, District Engineer for Northeast Georgia.

The Department advises the public to refrain from all but such absolutely necessary travel until midday Wednesday at the earliest.

Motorists are urged to:

  • Check weather conditions before you leaving Friday morning and stay off the roads unless it is an emergency if conditions warrant in the Northeast Georgia Mountains. Choose caution and stay where you are instead of driving in hazardous winter weather conditions.
  • Slow down and stay behind the snowplows. The road behind the plow will be the safest place to drive. Allow at least ten car lengths between your vehicle and snowplows or hopper spreaders.
  • Do not pass. The plows are wide, and sometimes a group of trucks will work in tandem to clear snow quickly, especially on major highways.
  • Be particularly aware of black ice conditions on surfaces such as bridge decks and entrance and exit ramps late tomorrow night and the early hours of Friday morning.
  • Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are beneficial advancements in today's cars, trucks and SUVs, but they can't take the place of good driving habits and the need to reduce speed on snowy or icy roads.

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