The Georgia Department of Transportation is ready to tackle this season’s first potentially significant winter weather event which is expected to occur just days ahead of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta.
Based on predictions of weather which could impact travel on Tuesday, beginning on Monday morning Georgia DOT crews began to pretreat major interstates, state routes, overpasses and bridges in Georgia with a brine mixture to prevent or limit the build-up of ice. Pre-treatment for metro Atlanta and middle Georgia will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Monday. As part of this effort, crews will be treating routes on which both Super Bowl teams must travel en route to and from practice venues.
The Department has made strategic investments in additional equipment and resources to help keep roadways clear and safe during winter storms and other inclement weather events. Statewide, Georgia DOT stands at the ready with approximately 1,900 employees on call, 54,030 tons of salt, 65,460 tons of gravel, storage capacity for 900,000 gallons of brine and more than 420 pieces of snow removal equipment.
Overall, motorists are cautioned to be aware of ice that may occur whenever there is moisture on the roadway amid freezing temperatures. Drivers should also watch for Georgia DOT crews working to clear snow and ice from interstates and state routes. These employees are working in a work zone and need to be safe. Do not pass a Georgia DOT dump truck spreading the salt/gravel mixture, as gravel may kick up and could break car windshields. Motorists should follow at least 100 feet behind Department vehicles and be extremely cautious when driving through inclement weather conditions.
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