By John Schaffner
johnschaffner@reporternewspapers.net

Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed provided an update of cold weather operations Jan. 11 from the Joint Operations Command Center at Atlanta’s Public Safety Headquarters. He stated, “The city of Atlanta is working tirelessly to ensure that the roads are clear of ice and snow and I want to thank our residents for staying off the roads to help facilitate this process.”
Reed said, “In one of the worst snow storms in a decade, we have expanded our fleet from 10 to 58 pieces of equipment and have been coordinating seamlessly across city departments and partnering with other jurisdictions to keep our streets safe.”
Reed added, “There are many streets in Atlanta which Georgia’s Department of Transportation would normally maintain and clear of snow and ice, but this is not a normal snow event. The city of Atlanta is now working on clearing streets usually maintained by GDOT such as Peachtree, Piedmont, Ponce and others because our citizens deserve and expect results and they don’t care whose responsibility it is.”
City crews have been focused on clearing priority one routes, such as bridges and roads leading to hospitals, and providing emergency and essential services to residents as needed. The city has extra equipment coming in to the city from private contractors to ramp up attention to neighborhood streets. Atlanta’s priority one routes covers 200 centerline miles of roadways including 40 bridges, 6 hospitals, and 16 Police Precincts. Currently, more than 150 miles of Atlanta’s streets have been cleared with 50 more miles to complete.
The Department of Public Works has started clearing and sanding sidewalks in Downtown, Midtown, Buckhead and the central business district.
For reporting of ice or hazardous roadway conditions, call 404-853-3200.

John Schaffner

John Schaffner was founding editor of Reporter Newspapers.