Looks are deceiving in a winter wonderland especially on bridges. Driving conditions are more could become hazardous quickly on bridges and elevated structures. Georgia DOT maintains 2,100 centerline miles of state routes and interstates in the 21 county Northeast Georgia Region. There are over 750 bridges in the region. On average, drivers cross a bridge every three miles. Before you get on the roads, consider your route, the locations of bridges and the conditions at your destination. Limit travel to emergencies only.
“Please be wary if you must drive today especially when driving on bridges as icing occurs on bridges first. We are starting to get reports of icing on bridges so please slow down, give yourself plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you and use lower gears on your vehicle for additional traction. Currently it is snowing across Northeast Georgia but not sticking to roadways. Crews are plowing snow in higher elevations specifically in the Mountains. We ask you to please stay home and not drive unless it is an emergency,” said Bayne Smith, District Engineer for Northeast Georgia.
Georgia DOT – in conjunction with Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) – is prepared to respond to two likely winter weather events: one is underway now through approximately Noon, today, and a second likely to begin tonight and continue until perhaps Thursday morning. Both will involve possible snow, freezing rain and ice.
Crews are plowing snow and spreading salt and gravel on the roadways at the following locations:
- SR 136 across Burnt Mountain in Dawson County
- SR 2 and SR 15/US 441 in Rabun County
- SR 365 in Habersham County
- SR 60 in Lumpkin County
- SR 11/US 129 over Blood Mountain in White and Union Counties
- SR 17 and SR 365 in Stephens County