SR 16 closed east of Senoia

by Staff Reports

State Route 16 is closed in Spalding County at the Coweta County line, it was reported at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday by the Georgia Department of Transportation Office in Thomaston.

This is east of Senoia. Crews were enroute, said spokesperson Kimberly Larson with the West Central Georgia DOT office.

Snow, sleet, freezing rain and dropping temperatures are creating extremely hazardous driving in much of the state, Larson said.

Georgia DOT is urging motorists to stay off the roadways. Dangerous driving conditions are spreading throughout the state. DOT crews are working to clear the roads, but DOT officials are urging motorists to stay off of highways as conditions continue to deteriorate throughout the evening.

DOT advises to refrain from all but absolutely necessary travel until midday Wednesday at the earliest.

Crews are working throughout west central Georgia, Larson said.

In addition to State Route 16 east of Senoia, other area trouble spots include:

-- In Coweta, State Route 154 near Crescent Drive, State Route 16 West near the Chattahoochee Bridge, State Route 16 East near Rockaway Road, and State Route 34 East especially near Thigpin Road.

Motorists are urged to:

-- 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.

--Remember that technology helps, but only to a point. Four-wheel drive, anti-lock brakes and traction control are helpful advancements in today’s vehicles, but they can’t take the place of good driving habits and the need to slow down on snowy or icy roads.

Drivers may call 511 for updated information on roadway conditions before getting on the road during a winter weather event. Georgia 511 is a free phone service that provides real-time traffic and travel information statewide, including weather closures, reports of icing or other hazardous conditions on interstates and state routes. Callers may also reach operators to request assistance or report incidents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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