GDOT prepares ahead of winter weather threat

- Preparations are underway to respond to the predicted winter weather headed to metro Atlanta later this week, and the Georgia Department of Transportation said they are better prepared than ever before. 

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GDOT started using a saltwater brine mixture to pre-treat the pavement in 2015 after a massive snow event the year before stranded hundreds of motorists from I-75 to I-85 to I-20. 

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According to GDOT, they have doubled their statewide brine capacity since just last winter. They also added one additional brine truck in metro Atlanta so they can focus on treating trouble spots like overpasses and interchanges as needed.

Materials by District:

Statewide (approximately)

  • 1,938 employees on call covering 39,919 lane miles
  • 54,030 tons of salt
  • 65,460 tons of gravel
  • 426 snow removal equipment units (one plow + spreader + truck = 1 equipment unit)
  • Capacity to store 550,000 gallons of brine
  • Can produce 20,000 gallons of brine per hour
  • GDOT may relocate district resources to the most- needed areas during an even

District 7 metro Atlanta

  • 281 employees on call covering approximately 3,000 lane miles
  • 20,000 tons of salt
  • 24,000 tons of gravel
  • 55 snow removal dump truck units
  • 2 Brine production units
  • 19 Brine storage units
  • 11 RWIS sensors

Motorists should also prepare for the threat of inclement weather.  A recent AAA survey found that one out of every three drivers does not do anything to prepare their vehicle for the winter.

"You want to be ready," said AAA Spokesman Garrett Townsend.  "Make sure that your tires are properly inflated.  Making sure that your fluids are topped off."

Townsend also suggested that drivers put a winter weather kit in their cars that include jumper cables in case of a dead battery and sand that can be used to put down on the roadway if you get stuck in ice.

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