The Northwest Georgia District Six of Georgia Department of Transportation crews have pre-treated the area’s interstates and states routes in preparation for the winter weather, expected to hit the area this evening into the night.
Some DOT crews using big tankers began applying brine to the interstates yesterday at 7AM. Other crews used smaller trucks for brining state routes in the mountainous areas. Snow and ice clearing crews also began the first shift at 7AM this morning. They have been brining and treating bridges, overpasses and areas susceptible to freezing with hot loads (gravel, salt and calcium chloride).
“Once precipitation moved into the area from Alabama, crews stopped brining and went into the normal operations spreading the traditional mix of salt and gravel on the roadways,” said Dewayne Comer, district engineer at the DOT office in Cartersville. “A second shift will report 7 PM this evening and work through the night,” Comer added.
In the 17 counties of northwest Georgia, the state DOT has the following resources to deal with the current winter weather event:
- 76 snow removal equipment units
- 11,530 tons of salt
- 13,070 tons of gravel
- 2 brine production units and tanks for 223,000 gallons of brine storage
- 6 5000-gallon tankers and 3 1000-gallon tankers to spray brine for pretreating the roadways
- 13 Road Weather Information System (RWIS) sensors
- 258 employees on call covering 5,117 lane miles