GDOT urges Georgia drivers to delay trips Tuesday morning due to black ice concerns

A shot of the East West Connector looking eastward from Austell Road, all the traffic seems to be headed westwardPhoto: Cobb County Courier/Larry Felton Johnson licensed CC BY 4.0

In a press release, the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) urged Georgia drivers to avoid driving Tuesday morning, December 27 due to black ice concerns.

Here is the press release reprinted below:

“Georgia DOT urging motorists to use caution, delay travel Tuesday morning if possible

“ATLANTA, GA – The Georgia Department of Transportation’s (Georgia DOT) crews are mobilized and have been actively monitoring and patrolling routes in the northwest, northeast and metro Atlanta portions of Georgia since mid-day Monday. Crews will continue to treat or clear any accumulation that has occurred due to the potential winter weather event happening in the overnight hours in the affected areas.


“The traveling public’s safety is of the utmost importance. Motorists are urged to use caution and be mindful of conditions in the early morning hours. If possible, delay travel in the morning hours in the affected areas to ensure GDOT crews can clear and treat the roads as needed. Be sure to know before you go and check 511GA for real-time traffic information.

“Motorists are reminded that black ice can form if the conditions are right, making travel more dangerous. If the road looks wet, assume it is icy and proceed with extreme caution. When safe to do so, report these locations to 511GA.

“For up-to-date information about travel conditions on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, call 511 or visit before heading out. 511 is a free service that provides real-time statewide information on Georgia’s interstates and state routes, including traffic conditions, incidents, lane closures and delays due to inclement weather 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Callers can also transfer to operators to request HERO assistance in metro Atlanta or CHAMP service on highways in other regions of the state.”

About the Georgia Department of Transportation

The GDOT describes itself as follows:

“Georgia Department of Transportation plans, constructs and maintains Georgia’s state and federal highways. We’re involved in bridge, waterway, public transit, rail, general aviation, bike and pedestrian programs. And we help local governments maintain their roads. Georgia DOT and its nearly 4,000 employees are committed to delivering a transportation system focused on innovation, safety, sustainability and mobility. The Department’s vision is to boost Georgia’s competitiveness through leadership in transportation.”

The GDOT’s governing body is the 14-member State Transportation Board. The board is chosen by the state legislative delegations of each of the 14 congressional districts in Georgia. The board members serve five-year terms.

The board is currently chaired by Emily Dunn from the 9th Congressional District.

The State Transportation Board chooses the commissioner, currently Russell R. McMurry.