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State giving free rides to retrieve vehicles abandoned during storm

1:28 AM, Jan 30, 2014   |    comments
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ATLANTA -- Drivers who need to retrieve vehicles they abandoned along Metro Atlanta roads during the storm Tuesday and Wednesday can receive free rides to their vehicles.

The State of Georgia will transport drivers to their vehicles beginning Thursday morning.

Here is the information released by the Georgia Department of Transportation on Wednesday:

IMPORTANT INFO ON HOW TO RETRIEVE YOUR ABANDONED VEHICLE

As we continue to clear travel lanes, GDOT has partnered with Metro Atlanta towing companies to assist in moving abandoned vehicles to the roadway shoulders.

Beginning Thursday, January 30, state agencies including Georgia State Patrol (GSP), National Guard and Georgia DOT HEROs will transport motorists to vehicles abandoned on the interstate during the recent storm.

Two staging areas for transport will open at 10 a.m.

-Drivers who left their vehicle on I-20 and I-285 west should report to the Westlake MARTA station (parking area), 80 Anderson Ave. SW, Atlanta.

-Drivers who left their vehicle on I-75, the top end of I-285 and the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) should report to Mount Paran Church (parking area), 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta.


Once there, drivers will be transported to their vehicle by official personnel in a 4-wheel-drive.

Fuel is available for vehicles that ran out of gas, as well as the capability to jump a dead battery.

GSP will have a database to help motorists locate their vehicle if it was towed to an impound lot and provide transportation to the facility. Motorists should bring car keys and driver's license to check-in.

Please use extreme caution around abandoned vehicles. This is particularly important as lanes become passable and an increasing number of people return to the roadsides to move their cars.

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