DOT crews continue to treat hazardous road conditions in Central Georgia

by Staff Reports

At sunrise, Georgia Department of Transportation crews were continuing to treat hazardous road conditions in Central Georgia, including in the Coweta County area, reported Kimberly Larson, communications officer for DOT’s West Central Georgia regional office in Thomaston.

Georgia DOT urges motorists to stay off the roadways. Hazardous driving conditions continue throughout Georgia. “Department of Transportation crews are active throughout affected areas but Georgia DOT is urging motorists to stay off of highways as conditions are likely to continue to deteriorate until both the sun and temperatures rise,” said Larson. DOT officials are advising to refrain from all but absolutely necessary travel until midday at the earliest. Traffic has hampered Georgia DOT crews from treating the roads and clearing incidents, Larson said. Officials are “hopeful minimal traffic Wednesday will allow for a full recovery. GDOT crews are spreading a salt/rock mixture on all bridges and road surfaces,” she said. Crews are working throughout West Central Georgia. These following locations are hazardous, icing has been reported and crews are working in these areas:

· BIBB - I-75 N/S near Exits 149-181, I-75 Pierce Avenue and Arkwright Road Overpass, SR 87 near Little Richard Bridge, I-475 N/S

· BUTTS - I-75 S near Exits 207-198, SR 16, SR 36

· COWETA – I-85 N/S, SR 154 E/W near CRESENT DR, SR 16 W near CHATTAHOOCHEE BRIDGE, SR 16 E near ROCKAWAY DR, SR 34 E/W near THIGPIN RD. · FAYETTE - SR 279 E/W near MAYFAIR, SR 314 E/W, SR 54 at intersection with SR 74, SR 85 N/S near SEAY RD, SR 85 N/S near SR 279, SR 85 N/S near SR 85 CONNECTOR, SR 92 E/W near GOZA RD and near HICKORY ROAD · HARRIS - SR 354 E/W, I-185 N/S all bridges and overpasses · HENRY – I-75 N/S near Exit 216 ramps and Exit 223 ramps, SR 138 E/W, SR 42 near EAGLES LANDING HILL and GARDNERS GROVE, SR 81 near EAST OLD JACKSON ROAD, SR 20, SR 42 near Gardners Grove, SR 20, entire length

· HOUSTON - SR 7, I- 75 NB near Exit 134, SR 224-Hawkinsville, SR 247 near SR 96, SR 247 Spur · JONES – SR 18 at GRAY STATION SCHOOL, SR 49 at MATTIE WELLS SCHOOL

· LAMAR – SR 7, SR 36

· MARION – intersection of SR 26 and SR 41

· MERIWETHER - SR 362, 3 bridges from SR 85 to Mt. Caramel

· MONROE - I-75 SB, near Exits 188-181, SR 42 near FREEMAN ROAD, SR 74, SR 87 near JULIETTE ROAD

· MUSCOGEE – I-185 N/S all bridges and overpasses

· PEACH – I-75 N/S between Exits 146 and 150, all bridges and overpasses

· PIKE – SR 109, SR 18

· SPALDING - SR 155, SR 16, SR 16 E/W near BUCKEYE RD, SR 3 N/S, SR 362 E/W near CARVER RD - LAKESIDE, SR 92

· STEWART – SR 1at SR 39

· TROUP –SR 219 at the SR 14 SPUR

· TWIGGS - I-16 E/W from SEGODA RD to SR 112

· UPSON - SR 3, SR 36

Currently classified as temporarily impassable are: BIBB, I-475 AT I-75 NB, wreck

BUTTS, SR 36 AT I-75 wreck blocking road BUTTS/LAMAR/MONROE, I-75 SB, between mile markers 191-173, 2 of 3 Lanes closed

HENRY, SR 155 at its intersection with SR 42 SB LAMAR, I-75, between mile markers 198 - 201 MONROE, I-75 NB, 181-198, Rumble Rd

PEACH, SR 49 at its intersection with SR 42

UPSON, SR 74 near Wilson Market, wreck Crews are working all locations, Larson said. In asking the public to stay off the roadways until midday Wednesday at the earliest, officials said that traffic could impede the ability of GDOT crews to reach areas that need to be treated.

“Motorists who must travel should be extremely cautious,” Larson said. “Slow down considerably; allow extra distance between yourself and other vehicles maintain a steady speed; avoid lane changing and sudden acceleration or braking.” Motorists should not pass a DOT dump truck spreading the salt/stone mixture, as stones may get kicked up at their cars and could break windshields, Larson said. Follow at least 100 feet behind DOT vehicles and never pass a Georgia DOT, contractor or local government truck treating the road, she said. Drivers may call 511 for updated information on roadway conditions before getting on the road.



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