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City of Atlanta Prepares for Winter Storms
City crews to keep priority roads passable and open temporary warming shelter
Posted Date: 1/28/2014 10:00 AM
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 Mayor’s Office of Communications
55 Trinity Avenue, Suite 2500 • Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Carlos Campos, Interim Director 
404-330-6558, office 
404-617-5073, cell

Melissa Mullinax, Senior Communications Officer 
404-330-6756 (office)
404-825-2430 (cell) 


City of Atlanta Prepares for Winter Storms
City crews to keep priority roads passable and open temporary warming shelter

ATLANTA - 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, January 28, 2014. The Department of Public Works will work to ensure priority roadways are clear and passable. The Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services and the Department of Parks and Recreation will open the Old Adamsville Recreation Center at 3304 Delmar Lane, SW on Tuesday, January 28 at 5:30 pm through Wednesday, January 29 at 12:00 pm to serve as a temporary warming shelter.

To maintain safe driving conditions, the Department of Public Works will pre-treat priority bridges and routes. The City has a total of 30 spreaders and 40 snow plows ready for mobilization. With 700 tons of sand/gravel mix on hand, we will use spreaders to treat priority bridges and address any emergencies that may arise. Beginning early Tuesday morning, two 20 person crews will work 12-hour rotational shifts beginning at 7:00 a.m., Tuesday, January 28, 2014 – 7:00 a.m., Wednesday, January 29, 2014. 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 of Atlanta. 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, M L King, 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 404-330-6333.

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

For video footage of emergency road crews, please contact the Department of Public Works’ Public Information Officer Valerie Bell-Smith at 678-794-8881. 


Residents and motorists should prepare for winter weather conditions.

• Plan ahead and allow extra time to reach destinations.
• Make sure you have the proper emergency equipment in your car and home such as extra batteries for cell phones and chains for vehicle tires.
• When driving in icy road conditions, the shortest route is not always the safest. Consider less hilly routes in route planning.
• Slow down! Remember the faster you are going the longer it takes to stop.

For reporting of ice or hazardous roadway conditions inside the City of Atlanta, please call 404-330-6333. For areas outside the City of Atlanta, please contact the local jurisdiction responsible for emergency operations in that area.

• Cobb County – 770.528.2600
• Cherokee County – 770.345.5842
• DeKalb County – 404.294.2900
• Douglas County – 770.949.2000
• Gwinnett County – 770.822.7400
• Clayton County – 770.477.3674
• Fulton County – 404.612.7400
• City of Riverdale – Refer to Clayton County
• City of Roswell – 770.641.3715
• City of Douglasville – Refer to Douglas County
• City of Sandy Springs – 770.730.5600

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