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Saturday, February 13, 2010 - 2:53am

DOT Chief: Stay Off Roads

Updated: 4 years ago.

Most of the state saw snow yesterday, reaching as far east as Savannah.

It left in its path ice and snow on the roads which has transportation officials imploring people to avoid road travel.

"Now more than ever, it is critical that people stay off the roadways, if it is not an emergency,” said DOT Commissioner Vance C. Smith, Jr. “We are treating roads and they are refreezing due to the low temperatures in many areas. Especially in the metro area, we are seeing many icy spots on the roadways.”

DOT officials say that every county in the state was affected by the winter storm. Most areas have road closures.

Crews have been treating roads since yesterday. Officials advise motorists to stay 10 car lengths away from spreaders and dumptrucks treating roads with ice and gravel.

They anticipate the sun will melt the ice and snow, as temperatures today should get above freezing by noon; but since no wind is forecasted to blow the water off the roads, they're concerned about refreezing once temperatures drop again this evening.

And forecasters say there could be more snow to come tomorrow night and flurries are likely Monday.

Below is a listing of road closures and areas that have icy conditions where motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution if they must travel in these areas.

In Northwest Georgia

The following roads are closed:

Walker county—SR 157 south of SR 136

Cherokee county—SR 140 EB & WB from MP 3 -17

Cherokee county—SR 20 EB & WB at MP 2

Cherokee County—SR 140 EB & WB at MP 26

Roadways in the following counties are icy and may close at anytime:

Dade, Bartow, Floyd, Gordon, Whitfield, Carroll, Murray, Gilmer, Paulding, Whitfield, Cherokee

In Northeast Georgia

The following roads are closed:

Union County—SR 11 NB and SB from MM 0 – 24

Union County—SR 180 EB and WB from MM 0 – 20

Roadways in the following counties are icy and may close at anytime:

Banks, Union, Hart, Forsyth, Stevens, Oconee, Hall, Jackson

Metro Atlanta

The following roadways are closed:

Dekalb County--I-285 at I-675

Fulton County—I-285 EB at Roswell Road

Fulton county—SR 70 (Fulton Industrial Blvd) at MLK

Fulton county—SR14 (Roosevelt Hwy) at Welcome All Road

The following roadways are passable but are icy and may close for treatment at anytime:

Fulton County—I-75 NB at MP 239

Fulton County---I-285 SB ramp to I-20 East

Fulton County—I-20 WB at exit 59

Fulton County—I-20 WB at I-285

Dekalb County—I-85 NB at Exit 93 off ramp

Dekalb County—I-85 NB at MP 94

Dekalb County—US 78 WB at Brockett Road

Cobb County—I-75 NB at Exit 258

Fulton County—SR 166 at Enon St

Fulton county—I-285 WB at Riverside Drive

Douglas County—SR 92—between SR 5 and US 78

Clayton County—SR 139NB & SB at Walker Rd

Clayton County—I-285 WB over I-75

Dekalb county—SR 154 EB and WB from MP 0 – 15

Rockdale county—SR 162 NB and SB from MP 0 - 2

In East Central Georgia

The following roads are closed:

Richmond County –SR 28 at MP 4-7 - Closed due to ice on roadway.

Greene County - SR 44 at MP 1.5 - Closed due to accident

In West Central Georgia

The following roads have been reported closed:

Harris County –SR 27 and SR 190 intersection, salt trucks enroute

Crawford County – SR 7 between mile markers 0 and 3, salt trucks enroute

Georgia DOT crews are currently working to clear the roadways, bridges and overpasses on the following routes where snow and or icing have occurred:

Stewart County – plowing SR 1 and SR 26

Troup County –salting roadway; icy patches on SR 109 and SR 219

Coweta County – icy patches on SR 54

Coweta County – icy patches on interstate, bridges and ramps of I-85

In Southwest Georgia

There are no road closures in Southwest area. Georgia DOT crews are salting bridges and overpasses as a precautionary measure at this time.

In Southeast Georgia

All roads in Southeast Georgia are open and passable; however icy conditions exist and roadways may be closed when necessary.

The public is encouraged to refrain from driving if possible. Please contact the Georgia DOT for the latest information on road conditions via http://www:georgia-navigator.com or by dialing 511; and utilize extreme caution if driving is necessary.

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