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Many Roads Are Closed; Others Dangerous to Drive On

5:33 PM, Jan 11, 2011   |    comments
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Interstate 20 near the Carroll-Douglas County line with ice-covered lanes.

ATLANTA - The Georgia Department of Transportation is now closing all ramps onto Interstate 285 south of I-20. The roadway is completely closed.

Travel on other interstates is very difficult and dangerous at this point.

The I-285 tunnel under the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's fifth runway remains blocked after a tractor-trailer jackknifed. Hundreds of vehicles are backed up inside and approaching the tunnel.

GDOT officials say I-285 Southside is covered with an inch or more of ice.

West of Atlanta, dozens of vehicles are stranded near Thornton Road on I-20. Six Flags Hill near that interchange is covered in ice, and impassable at present. GDOT has closed the roadway there, stranding many drivers.

In addition, an 11Alive News crew took pictures of I-20 west of Bremen, which show only one passable ice-covered lane.

GDOT crews are working the area and additional crews from neighboring districts will continue to move into the area to help.

Travel is extremely difficult in most spots and impossible in many spots. All available resources are working on the situation, however, GDOT work trucks are being hindered by the icy roads, existing traffic congestion and accident level.

Motorists are urged to slow down and leave, at least, a ten car length distance between their vehicles and the DOT trucks clearing the roadways. They are also advised to treat any traffic signal that is not working as a four-way stop, and be aware of black ice, especially on bridges and overpasses.

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