The Georgia Department of Transportation in the Northeast Region will roll out its trucks Saturday to prep the roads ahead of winter weather.
Tankers trucks with brine solution will treat Highways 316, Interstate 85, and the Georgia 400 starting at noon.
GDOT posted a video on its Facebook page about the operation. They will also continue preps Sunday.
“GDOT continues to enhance its preparations for extreme winter weather to treat impacted interstates and highways before, during and after a snow or icing event,” said Bryan Haines, GDOT’s Director of Emergency Operations. “Our number one goal is to treat the interstates and state routes and keep them safe and passable, especially for emergency vehicles.”
GDOT said more than 1,800 employees are on call and they also have 33 brine tankers they can use to prep the roads.
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Here's a look at what else GDOT is making readily available:
- Capacity to store 450,000 gallons of brine
- Ability to produce 20,000 gallons of brine per hour
- 65,460 tons of gravel
- 55 road weather sensors
- 385 snow removal units
- More than 54,000 tons of salt to cover 39,900 lane miles
If you get caught on a road with ice, here is what you need to do.
- Don't use cruise control
- Increase your following distance. Make sure there is enough room between you and the driver in front of you.
- While you are driving, make sure you accelerate and decelerate slowly.
- If you skid across the road, stay calm and steer into the skid.