Georgia Department of Transportation gears up for icy state road - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Georgia Department of Transportation gears up for icy state roads

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Five tons of salt, and 57 pieces of snow removal equipment are all ready to be disbursed across state roads and highways in the 31 county area of the Chattahoochee Valley. The goal: to keep Georgians moving.

Kimberly Larson with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) says, "They are actively on the roadways looking for any icing spots, any accumulation of sleet, ice, and any snow that's out there."

Bridges and over passes have already started icing over, and they are the DOT's first priority.

"We're going to be on the interstates first to keep those open, and to keep the ice accumulation down. Then, we will go to multi-lane state routes, then we go to the less traveled, two lane state routes," Larson explains.

The treatment is a sand and salt mixture which, Kimberly Larson says, provides traction to drivers who have to hit the roads. The GDOT monitors these bridges and over passes regularly with scout vehicles.

"What our scout vehicles do is go out and monitor those bridges and over passes. But because we know that they will freeze and ice over first, before the roadways, they are pre-treated."

It's all an effort to keep the Georgia roads clear of ice and debris, and keep drivers safe.

RELATED ARTICLE: 5 ways to avoid accidents while driving on icy, snowy roads

Copyright 2014 WTVM. All rights reserved.

  • LocalMore>>

  • A Columbus church hosts a 'FAB' event celebrating Black History

    A Columbus church hosts a 'FAB' event celebrating Black History

    Sunday, February 18 2018 7:17 PM EST2018-02-19 00:17:53 GMT
    (Source: Donna Chambers)(Source: Donna Chambers)

    First America Baptist Church held its “A Heritage of Heroes: Ordinary People, Extraordinary FAITH” event. The event was held as a celebration of Black History Month Sunday evening.  

    More >>

    First America Baptist Church held its “A Heritage of Heroes: Ordinary People, Extraordinary FAITH” event. The event was held as a celebration of Black History Month Sunday evening.  

    More >>
  • SO SWEET: Phenix City man proposes via billboard, couple of 12 years

    SO SWEET: Phenix City man proposes via billboard, couple of 12 years

    Sunday, February 18 2018 9:46 PM EST2018-02-19 02:46:36 GMT
    (Source: Ashley Mora)(Source: Ashley Mora)
    Nick Fox decided to pop the question via billboard in Phenix City, Alabama. Fox asked his longtime girlfriend, Ashley Mora, to marry him with a large pink billboard near Crawford Road and 24th Street. The sign reads " Ashley, will you marry me?". Here's how Mora described the proposal in her own words: "He works for Outfront [Billboard company] as a sign hanger, so he had this planned with the guys up front for over a month now, getting the sign designed, made, and...More >>
    Nick Fox decided to pop the question via billboard in Phenix City, Alabama. Fox asked his longtime girlfriend, Ashley Mora, to marry him with a large pink billboard near Crawford Road and 24th Street. The sign reads " Ashley, will you marry me?". Here's how Mora described the proposal in her own words: "He works for Outfront [Billboard company] as a sign hanger, so he had this planned with the guys up front for over a month now, getting the sign designed, made, and...More >>
  • Columbus sorority takes kids to see box-office hit film

    Columbus sorority takes kids to see box-office hit film

    Sunday, February 18 2018 7:37 PM EST2018-02-19 00:37:52 GMT
    (Source: marvel.com)(Source: marvel.com)
    (Source: marvel.com)(Source: marvel.com)

    The Columbus Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. sponsored a local group of kids to see a big film in theaters this weekend.

    More >>

    The Columbus Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. sponsored a local group of kids to see a big film in theaters this weekend.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly