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Department of Transportation prepared for ice and snow

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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –With icy roads possible in the mid and northern parts of the state, the Department of Transportation is on standby to make sure motorists are safe.

DOT Crews from South Georgia are ready in case they're needed to spread sand and take care of road problems.

Monstrous snow plows are gassed up and ready to spread tons of rock salt and gravel onto icy roads.

Throughout Georgia, there are 2,300 employees, more than 700 pieces of equipment and over 20,000 tons of salt and gravel ready for whatever conditions may occur.

"Later Thursday afternoon we are expecting to get some colder temperatures and a possibility of rain which could cause icing on the road," said Craig Solomon, Department of Transportation.

Icy roads you may not be able to see.

"A lot of times you cant see the ice and I would put safety over anything else," said Solomon.

Transportation officials say bridges are more likely to ice, as well as shaded areas.

"When you are on the road and parts of the road are shaded there is more of a chance of having ice if you do have the moister and the cold weather," said Solomon.

While officials expect most of the weather to miss our area, they are still ready for anything to happen.

"We've told our employees to expect to be called out like I said we are not expecting much here but we have to go somewhere else," said Solomon.

The DOT has spread equipment for snow and ice throughout the state, so if needed it will be ready to go.

"If we get a call to go to Macon, Atlanta or Columbus to help out up there but we will keep enough equipment here to handle any problems we have," said Solomon.

DOT officials say the best advice they can give people is to stay home in these dangerous conditions.

"You can just be riding across the ice and start sliding its just according to how you hit the ice and how much there is," said Solomon.

And if you do travel, go slow.

Officials with the DOT say if you do happen to drive near a snow plow stay back at least 100 feet and do not try to pass it because there is a good possibility the spreader will fling the rock and salt mixture onto your vehicle which could make for an even worse situation.

Transportation officials say you should avoid driving if possible.

If you have to drive,you can get information on conditions on state highways and interstates by calling 511.

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