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DOT crews return home from Atlanta

Nita Birmingham, District Communications Officer Nita Birmingham, District Communications Officer
TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Department of Transportation crews with the regional office in Tifton are back home after working long hours last week in north Georgia.

DOT crews worked close to 60 hours plowing roads and putting salt down. As winter begins to fizzle out, DOT officials are now turning their attention to keeping our roads safe during other seasonal storms.    

DOT crews in Tifton are back home after working four days in Atlanta, successfully keeping their roads safe during their second stint of winter storms. The regional office in Tifton sent 11 plow trucks and 54 employees to Atlanta last Monday.  

"They were assigned primarily to take care of I-20 and all the interstate routes that were South of I-20. So they were looking at 285, I-75, and 675," said Nita Birmingham.  

Birmingham says the crews began working in shifts starting at 3:00 a.m. on Tuesday.  

"They were split into two shifts. We had a shift working 3:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and then a shift working 3:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.," said Birmingham.  

DOT officials estimate that their crews worked close to 60 hours.  

"They were plowing roads, putting down salt, rock mixtures, whatever they needed them to do," said Birmingham.  

As warmer temperatures head our way, new weather conditions can cause problems on the roads.  

"When you have tornado weather coming up, tornado season coming up there's always the threat of tornadoes that we face in this area," said Birmingham.  

Potential flooding and wildfires are also concerns during the spring and summer months. Officials say they will continue to be on stand-by alerting the community of road conditions.

"Any kind of hazardous weather conditions that affects driving on the roadway we'll be putting out alerts," said Birmingham.    

Staying informed can potentially save lives. Birmingham says the Georgia 511 site is a good resource for up to date information, click here. You can also like the DOT's facebook page, click here, or follow them on twitter.

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