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Lowndes residents commute through black ice

Valdosta bridges iced over Wednesday morning. (Source: WALB) Valdosta bridges iced over Wednesday morning. (Source: WALB)
Paige Dukes, PIO Lowndes County (Source: WALB) Paige Dukes, PIO Lowndes County (Source: WALB)
Crews headed out at 4:30 a.m. to work on roads. (Source: WALB) Crews headed out at 4:30 a.m. to work on roads. (Source: WALB)
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) -

Crews in Lowndes County began prepping the roads for drivers around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

With the dropping temperature, Public Works of Lowndes County was extremely concerned about freezing rain and the bridges icing over. 

When the rain freezes on bridges that caused very dangerous driving conditions for residents and black ice. 

They were out all morning working on roads and mainly focusing on the bridges. 

"Crews added a mix of calcium chloride and 89 rock, which is a very small aggregate, which crushes down when you drive on it, so citizens that had to get out had a safer way of crossing those bridges," said Paige Dukes, with Lowndes County. 

Because of the potential threat of very hazardous conditions, officials urged people to stay home if they could.

If residents had to make that morning commute, they warned drivers to make sure they had enough time to get to their destination, and go slow to watch out for the black ice. 

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