G-DOT crews

Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell McMurry said Thursday his office is monitoring the storm closely and adjusting response plans as needed.


He said the main concern fro DOT crews is the potential for icy conditions as well as for motorists.


G-DOT crews are anticipating downed trees, limbs and powerlines. I


So it is critical that motorists take this storm system very seriously and stay off the roads through the end of the event to give our crews the space needed to work.


Georgia DOT is actively preparing and coordinating brine operations, equipment and materials readiness and staffing plans in an effort to respond to the pending threat of a significant winter weather system by treating thousands of miles of interstates and state routes across north Georgia.


In addition to mustering all local resources across the northern part of Georgia, crews and equipment are being brought in from south Georgia to assist with the response.


Brine treatments are beginning this morning in the affected areas and will continue through Saturday and into Sunday in preparation of potential freezing rain, ice, sleet and snow.


Crews will prioritize treating interstates, state routes, bridges and overpasses.


As the storm evolves, Georgia DOT will continue to monitor conditions and will apply additional brine as well as salt and gravel, as needed.


As with any storm of this nature, McMurray is asking motorists to give GDOT crews the room and space they need on the roads to help ensure they can safely do their jobs.


As the impacts from the storm become reality through the weekend, it will become vitally important that motorists avoid all unnecessary travel in these areas.