Coweta, Newnan crews treating roads
by Sarah Fay Campbell
Coweta County and Newnan crews had begun treating icy roads by lunchtime Tuesday, and will continue through the night, if need be.
Coweta workers were treating some roads, parking lots and sidewalks, said Coweta County Associate Administrator Eddie Whitlock. Shortly after noon, asphalt temperatures were around 32 degrees, and snow was starting to accumulate on roadways. “We’re getting a little bit of slush and stuff everywhere,” he said.
The first report of icing was on Al Roberts Road near Haralson, Whitlock said.
The county has an agreement with Piedmont Newnan Hospital to keep the emergency room access clear and “that has already been done,” Whitlock said.
Crews were first working at public safety venues and then planned to start treating roadways.
Coweta County has a fleet of salt/gravel spreaders that were purchased after the 2010 ice storm. There are four dump truck mounted spreaders and one pickup truck unit. The spreaders can treat a two-lane road in one pass.
Whitlock said that Public Works Director Bill Cawthorne has workers scheduled in four-hour shifts. “They’re trying to keep folks as fresh as possible,” he said. County motor graders are on standby to scrape roads. “As soon as we get enough accumulation,” they’ll start scraping, Whitlock said. The snow seems fairly dry and “dry snow is a lot easier to handle than wet snow,” he said.
Coweta County crews are only treating county roads; the Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for state highways.
Newnan crews will treat any roads in the city limits that need treating, regardless of whether they are state highways or not, said Gina Snider, Newnan public information officer.
“They’re going to hit the bridges and hills first, where there might be black ice accumulation,” Snider said. Crews will then be responding to anywhere the Newnan Police Department reports as having problems.