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By  Stephanie Springer  - bio | email

CORDELE, GA (WALB) – Traffic in Atlanta is bad on a good day. Mix in a little snow and then icy rain and you've got gridlock. I-285 was at a standstill for much of the day with tractor trailer rigs bumper to bumper and idle.

Tuesday, travelers heading North debated whether to continue their trips.

It's a storm that stopped travelers in their tracks. "There just really wasn't anything I could do yesterday, roads were just too treacherous too icy," said truck driver Benny Burks.

Today DOT workers continue clearing roads and many truck drivers and travelers headed north, have quite a dilemma on their hands. "I just don't have real good information on whether to continue on or stay in one spot," said Daniel Quass.

Daniel Quaas is trying to get to Toccoa Georgia, just east of Atlanta. "I've been trying to find anyone who has come through Atlanta to see how the conditions are where they came, but so far I haven't found anyone," he said.

We found Quaas at this truck stop along I-75 in Dooly County, but he along with other travelers headed north are wondering how far is too far. "If you do go down the road, you might not have a place to park when you have to stop," he said.

Some truck drivers say they are relying on word of mouth, CB radio, the weather channel, and advice from the company on what to do. "My company told me to hang out if I didn't feel confident, they had some guys go through and it was only like 10 or 15 mile per hour and it wasn't good conditions," he said.

Trooper Henry Batts says conditions are better today than they were yesterday along the interstate near Crisp County. "It was two to three inches thick on the interstate," he said.

Yesterday Post 30 alone worked 19 crashes. "Pretty much all of them were due to just ice on the roadway," he said.

And in these conditions, troopers say it's better to be safe, than sorry. "People think I can handle it, its not that big of a deal but it is and it could cost you your life," he said.

He advises those traveling North to stay put, unless it's an emergency.

Tonight the Georgia DOT announced all interstates in the Metro Atlanta Area are open and passable for motorists but some icy conditions persist so be very cautious.

Employees with Georgia DOT along with state troopers cleared ice and truck congestion on 1-285 South of 1-20 by closing ramps and allowing maintenance crews full access to all lanes.

 

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