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The City of Atlanta remains prepared for inclement weather response. The safety and drivability of our roadways is imperative in maintaining access in the immediate vicinity of emergency facilities such as hospitals, police and fire stations and emergency shelters. It is also essential to maintain a network of key, pre-selected and prioritized routes that provide reasonable access to most areas of the city and make all city streets accessible as quickly as possible.

Staffing & Training

DPW is currently monitoring weather conditions on weekly basis. It is our goal to ensure that we continue to be well prepared for inclement weather response. In addition to our in-house response crews, we also have access to additional resources from other city/governmental agencies and contractors if needed.

In anticipation of any inclement weather event the Department of Public Works will employ the appropriate level of response which could include pre-treating priority bridges and priority routes as weather conditions are monitored. In such an event, crews will work 12-hour rotational shifts on a 24 hour basis as warranted by weather forecast conditions.

Table top training and dry-run/field exercises are routine for DPW Staff. DPW is also conducting a pavement assessment study to ensure the proper level of treatment will be applied to the city’s roads in preparation for snow/ice conditions for Winter 2014-2015.

Equipment & Supplies

The City has a total of 30 spreaders and 40 snow plows ready for mobilization based on weather conditions. With more than 1000 tons of salt/stone mix on hand, we will use spreaders to treat priority bridges and address any emergencies that may arise. We will employ 30 crews on 12 hour shifts and have access to emergency on call contractors for major responses, as needed additional 2500 pieces of equipment. Augmented snow and ice brine equipment (liquid treatment) trucks are currently in the Procurement process with expected January delivery.

Priority Routes

There are 200 centerline miles of priority route roadways including 40 bridges, 6 hospitals, and 16 Police Precincts inside the City of Atlanta.

Priority routes are consistent with the functional street classification hierarchy which is based on 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.

When the City is significantly impacted by weather conditions, Public Works operations will work continuously to ensure roadways are clear and passable.


For media outlet video footage of emergency road crews, please contact the Department of Public Works’ Public Information Officer Antionette Govan at 404.330.6088 or 404.821.7480.

Temporary/Emergency Shelter

The City’s Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services are on standby to open select recreation centers to serve as temporary shelters if needed.

Residents and motorists should prepare for winter weather conditions.

  • Bundle up! Dress appropriately for cold 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.

Reporting Icy Road Conditions

To report icy road conditions or downed trees, please call 311. After hours emergencies should be reported to 911.

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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Last updated: 1/21/2015 7:01:04 PM