The City of Atlanta is well prepared to respond to the snow, sleet and freezing rain predicted by the National Weather Service to hit the metro Atlanta area beginning Tuesday morning.

The Department of Public Works will pre-treat priority bridges and routes. The city has a total of 30 spreaders, 40 snow plows and 700 tons of sand/gravel mix on hand. Beginning early Tuesday morning, two 20 person crews will work 12-hour rotational shifts beginning at 7 a.m.. The city also has access to emergency on-call contractors as needed.

There are 200 miles of priority route roadways including 40 bridges, six hospitals, and 16 police precincts inside the city. Priority routes are determined by the volume of traffic served and the connectivity provided:

• First priority routes reflect major arterial streets; (e.g. Peachtree Street, MLK Jr. Drive, Northside Drive, and Mitchell Street)

• Second priority routes include minor arterials and collectors; (e.g. Howell Mill Road, Campbellton Road, and Monroe Drive)

• Third priority routes are comprised of minor collectors and major local streets (e.g. West Wesley, Avon Avenue, and Beecher Road)

In conjunction with completing priority routes, crews will canvass designated areas and respond to dispatched calls received from police and other emergency personnel, as well as reports from citizens.

To report icy road conditions, please call (404) 853-3200.

To report downed trees or limbs, please call the Department of Parks at (404) 546-6813 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. After hours emergencies should be reported to 911.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.