Winter Storm Makes For Traffic Disaster In Atlanta

By: WAGA-TV: Posted By Jeremy Goodwin Email
By: WAGA-TV: Posted By Jeremy Goodwin Email

A winter storm caused massive traffic gridlock and stranded both drivers and school buses on the interstate for hours in Atlanta, Georgia (01/29).

Abandoned cars and stranded big rigs stood in what looked like a vehicle graveyard on the interstate.

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed early Wednesday morning urged drivers to stay home to allow the city to adequately treat priority roads and bridges to make them safe for travel.

Public works crews, along with private contractors, worked overnight to salt and sand major roads and highways, including state-controlled roads such as Peachtree Road and Piedmont Avenue, to minimize the impact and hazards of snow and ice.

Reed said the City of Atlanta began preparing for the inclement weather at 7 a.m. Tuesday. The City's Department of Public Works crews have been working 12-hour shifts treat priority roads and bridges with 30 spreaders and 40 snow plows.

The mayor said all of the city's preparations worked as intended. So far no one has died and no major accidents on any city roads or bridges have occurred.

The Atlanta Police Department is working closely with the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation to assist stranded drivers throughout the day.


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