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Georgia DOT advises motorists to slow down and exercise caution when traveling in wintry conditions. Motorists should beware of black ice (especially on bridges and overpasses) and fallen trees or power lines along the roadways. Please watch out for Georgia DOT crews working to clear the snow and ice from the roadways in North Georgia and the Metro Atlanta area.

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Heavy Rains & Gusty Winds May Impact Driving Conditions

November 28, 2016 10:07 AM

Weather Forecast

A couple of waves of heavy rainfall and gusty winds are forecasted for the North Georgia and metro Atlanta regions beginning Monday, November 28 through Wednesday, November 30, 2016.

High Wind Warning

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Northwest Georgia region, which includes Chattooga, Dade, Dawson, Fannin, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Pickens, Towns, Union, Walker and White counties. The warning is in effect from 4PM, Monday to 7AM, Tuesday. The strong winds could bring down trees and large branches weaken by recent wildfires onto roadways. The windy conditions could also make driving difficult for motorists.

Thunderstorms & Heavy Rainfall

Two waves of heavy rainfall and possible severe storms are forecasted for the metro Atlanta area beginning Monday night. A second wave of heavy rain will move in late Wednesday night. Roads are expected to be slick, due to the lack of rain over the past month. Localized flooding from clogged storm drains may also impact roadways.

Stay Safe

Motorists should to exercise extreme caution when driving in severe weather conditions. Please slow down and watch out for toppled trees, down power lines, slick spots and flooding on the roadway.

Travelers are also urged to buckle up, stay off the phone and focus on driving - Drive Alert. Arrive Alive. Georgia DOT advises motorists to call or visit 511 for updated information about travel conditions on Georgia’s interstates and state routes before heading out.

 



Governor Deal Extends State of Emergency

October 13, 2016 10:23 AM

Governor Deal extends State of Emergency post Hurricane Matthew for Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties ending October 15 at 11:59PM.

View Executive Order



GEORGIA DOT CREWS BACK AT WORK ON RECOVERY EFFORTS

October 9, 2016 09:09 AM

Georgia DOT crews loaded vehicles and needed equipment and returned to work zones across the impacted areas of the coast earlier this morning. The focus of today continues to be on clearing debris and downed trees from the roads to enable full re-entry of displaced citizens. Interstates and state routes remain the primary responsibility of the Department, and crews will move to assist local governments as resources allow.

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I-16 Eastbound Closed at US 301

October 9, 2016 09:33 AM

Eastbound I-16 from the Macon area is closed at US 301 / Exit 116 near Statesboro. All eastbound traffic is being forced to exit there. The section of eastbound I-16 between US 301 and Savannah is closed.


Watch out for Traffic Signal Outages

October 9, 2016 02:09 PM

Motorists should be prepared for signal outages. All flashing or missing signalized intersections should be treated as a four-way stop. Please be cautious proceeding through an intersection that has malfunctioning or downed signals.


Mandatory Evacuation Lifting for Coastal Counties

October 9, 2016 02:15 PM

• Governor Nathan Deal is lifting the mandatory evacuation order for the mainland of Bryan, Camden, Chatham, Glynn, Liberty and McIntosh counties at 5 p.m. this evening. The barrier islands remain under a mandatory evacuation at this time. Additionally, all lanes of I-16 eastbound opened to all motorists at 3 p.m. today from Statesboro to Savannah.

View Press Release




Message to Residents Returning to Coastal Georgia

October 9, 2016 02:31 PM

Local officials may still impose restrictions on reentry and residents and business owners seeking to return should check to ensure they meet all local requirements.

Residents should also be aware that many areas still lack critical life-sustaining services and infrastructure. Those choosing to return at this time may not have power, water or sewage services, and many roads remain inaccessible.

For additional information regarding conditions and services in local areas, contact your local emergency management agency.

  • Bryan: (912) 858-2799
  • Camden: (912) 729-5602
  • Chatham: (912) 644-8811
  • Glynn: (912) 554-7826
  • Liberty: (912) 368-2201
  • McIntosh: (912) 437-6671



Remember to Fill Your Gas Tank

October 9, 2016 04:17 PM

Returning Residents: Please remember to fill your gas tank before heading to coastal Georgia. There have been reports of fuel shortages and non-operational gas stations in this region.



Georgia DOT Crews Clear Debris

October 9, 2016 04:55 PM

Over 800 Georgia DOT crews, along with the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia National Guard, Georgia Forestry Commission and federal agencies are continuing to make assessments of the impacted areas. Georgia DOT crews have cleared debris and fallen trees from interstate and state routes in all impacted counties.

Major Roadways Open

  • I-95 is open. All bridges have been inspected and declared safe and passable.
  • I-16 is in normal operation from Dublin to Savannah.


Returning Residents: Use All Available Travel Routes

October 9, 2016 05:00 PM

Motorists and residents are encouraged to use all available travel routes to return home. Please avoid downed power lines and do not drive through flood waters.



Be Safe! Watch Out for GDOT Crews On the Roadway

October 9, 2016 06:58 PM

Remember to be safe when traveling back to the coastal Georgia area and watch out for our crews on roadway. Georgia DOT crews continue to clear debris to keep roads safe for motorists.



Re-Entry Process

October 8, 2016 11:09 AM

​Evacuees should stay where you are!  Do NOT return to coastal areas until officials declare the area safe and passable.

State officials are working on a safe and staged re-entry plan to the coastal areas. The first phase of re-entry is not meant for the general public. It is for emergency personnel to clear the roadways, inspect bridges, and do the necessary repairs to ensure it's safe for the general population to re-enter. 

Once the water has receded, appropriate power companies have addressed downed power lines, and bridges have been inspected, Georgia Department of Transportation crews will clear the roadways of trees and debris. 

I-95 & I-16:

Currently, I-95 is closed in the coastal region.

No one can travel east of I-95 on any state routes.

Interstate 16 is in normal operation both east and west bound travel lanes from Dublin to US301/Exit 116, however, eastbound lanes remained closed from US 301/ Exit 116 in Statesboro to Savannah.

No vehicles will be allowed access to I-16 eastbound lanes beginning at US 301 except emergency and first responders.  All eastbound lanes from US 301/Exit 116 to Savannah will be restricted to use by state and federal agencies responding to Hurricane Matthew and service providers such as Georgia Power necessary in the relief efforts.

For more information, please visit:

  • GEMHSA.ga.gov for emergency information
  • Dot.ga.gov for roadway information
  • 511ga.org or call 511 for roadway conditions or to report roadway conditions
  • Redcross.org  for shelter information
  • GPBnews.org for news alerts and information about evacuation routes and shelter information throughout  the state
  • Overhead changeable message signs and electronic billboards will provide up to the minute information
  • GDOT Twitter for real-time information


GA DOT teams heading to all impacted areas

October 8, 2016 07:48 AM

GA DOT crews are enroute to impacted storm areas to begin the necessary process of inspecting all bridges and roadways for safety and damages, and begin clearing debris and trees from the travel lanes.  Citizens are urged to stay in place until crews have investigated road conditions throughout the region.

 

Currently, I-95 is closed in the coastal region, and I-16 remains closed eastbound from SR301/Exit 116 to Savannah.  Other closures include, but are not limited to:

  • GA 144 in Bryan County has numerous trees over the road blocking both lanes
  • GA 26 at the Thunderbolt Bridge in Chatham County is flooded
  • GA 204 at Al Henderson Road to Brown Thrush Road
  • US 80 from Savannah to Tybee Island is closed due to down trees and power lines


Re-Entry Process

October 8, 2016 01:24 PM

Don't return to coastal areas until officials declare the area safe and passable 

  • Evacuees should stay where you are!  Do NOT return to coastal areas until official declare the area safe and passable.
  • State officials are working on a safe and staged re-entry plan to the coastal areas. The first phase of re-entry is not meant for the general public. It is for emergency personnel to clear the roadways, inspect bridges, and do the necessary repairs to ensure it's safe for the general population to re-enter. 
  • Once the water has receded, appropriate power companies have addressed downed power lines, and bridges have been inspected … Georgia Department of Transportation crews will clear the roadways of trees and debris. 
  • Over 800 strong GA DOT crews, along with the Georgia State Patrol, the Georgia National Guard, Georgia Forestry Commission and federal agencies are moving into the impacted areas to assess the level of damage, inspect bridges and begin clearing debris as needed to ensure safety of those re-entering.
  • It will take time, in some cases days, to do inspections and repair damages.  DO NOT expect to return immediately as it will take time to repair and clear roadways.   There are wide-spread power outages throughout the area, and downed power lines across many of the roadways.
  • Please stay off of the roadways so emergency responders, power companies and others can do their jobs.  Stay where you are located until the official word has been sent out that roads are open.
  • Motorists should avoid downed power lines, do not drive through flood waters and turn around; don't drown!
  • In the event of a bridge closing, GDOT crews must wait until the waters have receded before they can safely inspect the bridge.   The Department will focus on the interstates and state routes first –
  • At the time of re-entry, motorists and residents are encouraged to use all available E/W routes. Also, at the time when it is deemed safe to re-enter the hurricane damaged areas; law enforcement has advised that an ID will NOT be required.

Cooperate with law enforcement officers.  Obey law enforcement personnel directions!



Message to Coastal Georgia Residents

October 8, 2016 02:21 PM

Georgia DOT will push out information about when it's SAFE for people to re-enter to all our communications channels including social media and web . For now, we are still in the process of clearing roadways of debris; inspecting bridges and waiting for the water to recede in other areas. So please be patient and allow our emergency personnel the time to do the work that they must do.



Residents Urged to Wait to Re-Enter Coastal Areas

October 8, 2016 03:08 PM

Georgia DOT currently has bridge inspectors who are held up in traffic and cannot get to the bridges that need inspecting due to damages. Please WAIT to re-enter the coastal areas. Georgia DOT and other emergency personnel need to be able to ensure bridges are safe.



Crews Continue Efforts to Inspect Bridges & Clear Roadways

October 8, 2016 07:27 PM

Work winding down for today as darkness sets in but resumes first thing in the morning

Georgia DOT crews have been on the job since daylight this morning, heading to the heavily impacted areas of Georgia’s coast to begin storm recovery efforts. Despite the widespread damage, crews have been successful in inspecting some of the most vital bridges in the region, and beginning the labor intensive effort of clearing debris and fallen trees. Power lines continue to be a major issue along many of the roads, and Georgia DOT crews are working closely with service providers as they repair the power lines.


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Hurricane Matthew Forces Road Closures in Coastal Area

October 7, 2016 11:42 PM

Several roadways are closed in the eastern coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina as the rain and wind from Hurricane Matthew continues.  Currently, the following closures have been reported:

  • US 80 from Savannah to Tybee Island is closed due to down trees and power lines.
  • I-95 is closed between exit 58 (Wiregrass Trail) and exit 67 (Ocean Highway) in Liberty County due to excessive water.
  • I-95 is impassable around the Georgia and South Carolina border due to downed trees and power lines.​ ​

In addition to reported road closures and flooding, electric service is out in multiple counties in Georgia along the hurricane route.   Please remain off of the roads and wait for the official announcement that roads are safe for passage.



What to Expect After the Storm

October 7, 2016 09:59 AM

At daylight on Saturday, October 8th – there must be an assessment of the level of damage and the response needed to ensure safety of those re-entering.

It will take time, in some cases days, to do inspections and repair damages. DO NOT expect to return immediately as it will take time to repair and clear roadways. The first round of re-entry is not meant for the general population. It is meant for emergency response personnel to clear the roadways; inspect bridges and do the necessary repairs and ensure it is safe for the general population to re-enter.

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Bridge Closings

October 7, 2016 10:06 AM

Due to anticipated gale-force winds in the coastal region the following bridges are closed:

  • Sidney Lanier Bridge on SR 25 in Brunswick-Glynn County closed: 10AM, Friday, October 07, 2016
  • Talmadge Memorial Bridge on US 17 in Savannah-Chatham County closed: Noon, Friday, October 07, 2016

These bridges will have to be inspected before they are re-opened. Must be inspected for possible wind damage.



I-16 from Savannah to Dublin is Westbound Only

October 7, 2016 11:54 AM

Georgia DOT continues to work with Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency (GEMHSA) and Georgia State Patrol (GSP) to contraflow I-16 from Savannah through US 441 in Dublin to allow evacuation traffic to use all four lanes for travel in the westbound direction. Georgia DOT Highway Emergency Response Operators and GSP formed 13 strike teams to facilitate the evacuation process, which began Thursday.


Contraflow on I-16 to end from US 301 to Dublin

October 7, 2016 01:22 PM

Westbound Lanes Returning to Normal Operations for Motorists

Beginning at 12:30 PM today, Georgia DOT will remove contraflow operations from Dublin-Laurens County to US301/Exit 116 in Statesboro-Bulloch County and preparing to return I-16 to the normal configuration both east and west bound travel lanes. Eastbound lanes will be closed from US 301/ Exit 116 in Statesboro to Savannah.


I-16 Eastbound & Eastbound Lanes (US 301/Exit 116 to Savannah)

No vehicles will be allowed access to I-16 eastbound lanes beginning at US301 except emergency and first responders. All eastbound lanes from US 301/Exit 116 to Savannah will be restricted to use by those state and federal agencies responding to Hurricane Matthew and to service providers such as Georgia Power necessary in the relief efforts.



Residents Urged to Shelter in Place

October 7, 2016 01:49 PM

The coastal regions of Georgia are now feeling the impacts of Hurricane Matthew. If you haven't evacuated the impacted areas in the South eastern and coastal Georgia region, you need to stay inside and move to an inner room. Move to higher ground in the building that you are in. Stay away from windows and glass doors.  Extreme storm surge flooding in most of Glynn county – could be greater than 9 feet for most of coastal counties.



Georgia DOT Mobilizing for Hurricane Matthew Damage Response

October 7, 2016 03:25 PM

Statewide, nearly 800 Georgia DOT personnel are prepared to activate and deploy to address residual damage from Hurricane Matthew. After the storm, once power companies have addressed downed lines, water has receded, bridges have been inspected and it is safe to enter damaged areas, Georgia DOT crews in collaboration with multiple state agency partners will remove trees and clear roadways. In the event of a bridge closing, GDOT crews must wait until waters recede before they can safely inspect the bridge.

Motorists should avoid downed power lines, do not drive through flood waters; do not drive around barricades that are in place for safety; and to a treat non-operational signal as a four-way stop. Please obey law enforcement personnel; and be patient with the process.

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Impact of Hurricane Matthew on Coastal Georgia

October 7, 2016 07:23 PM

The coastal regions of Georgia and Effingham counties are beginning to feel the impacts of Hurricane Matthew as the storm is slowing:

  • Flash flood watch
  • Rainfall – already approaching 5 inches but could go up to 8-14 inches
  • Tropical and hurricane warning
  • Winds – 74 mph or greater will peak from Midnight to 5am timeframe
  • Storm surge – up to 6-9 feet above ground


Deal Orders Mandatory Evacuation for Six Coastal Counties

October 6, 2016 11:43 AM

Governor Deal has issued a mandatory evacuation east of I-95 for six coastal counties and low lying areas. The six coastal counties include: Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, McIntosh, Glynn and Camden. View Press Release

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I-16 Contraflow

October 6, 2016 12:47 PM

HEROs Preparing for Hurricane Matthew
HEROs preparing for Hurricane Matthew

The Georgia DOT, working in coordination with GEMSHA and Georgia State Patrol to contraflow I-16 from Savannah through US 441 in Dublin to allow evacuation traffic the opportunity to use all 4 lanes in the westbound direction. The process to contraflow the interstate is currently ongoing.

Georgia DOT Highway Emergency Response Operators and Georgia State Patrol have formed 13 strike teams that will assist with traffic situations that may occur.

Process of Contraflow





Lane Closures Suspended on I-75

October 6, 2016 09:52 PM

Due to anticipated inclement hurricane-related weather conditions, Georgia DOT is suspending construction-related lane closures on I-75 in both directions from the Florida/Georgia line to Barrett Parkway in Metro Atlanta. Restrictions are effective immediately and continue through Saturday, October 8 at 5AM.


Hurricane Matthew

October 5, 2016 10:17 AM

Georgia DOT officials are monitoring the progress of Hurricane Matthew, which could affect portions of southeastern Georgia on Friday, October 7, 2016 and Saturday, October 8, 2016. Governor Nathan Deal has declared a State of Emergency for 13 counties including: Brantley, Bryan, Bulloch, Camden, Charlton, Chatham, Effingham, Evans, Glynn, Liberty, Long, McIntosh and Wayne. Motorists are urged to monitor weather information and local government information outlets. Any travel plans to the coast of Georgia for Friday and Saturday should be reconsidered at this time.

View Press Release   Map of Affected Counties  


Updates

Please visit the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA) website for the latest updates about Hurricane Matthew.
Visit GEMHSA



Governor Deal Expands State of Emergency

October 5, 2016 08:38 PM

Governor Nathan Deal encourages voluntary evacuation of all coastal counties and low lying areas. The state of emergency has been expanded to 30 counties: Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Bryan, Bulloch, Burke, Camden, Candler, Chatham, Clinch, Coffee, Echols, Effingham, Emanuel, Evans, Glynn, Jenkins, Jeff Davis, Liberty, Long, McIntosh, Pierce, Screven, Tattnall, Toombs, Treutlen, Wayne and Ware.

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Residents and Businesses Urged to Turn Off Sprinklers

February 9, 2016 06:48 PM

As winter approaches and temperatures begin to dip below freezing, the Georgia Department of Transportation reminds businesses and residents to turn off sprinkler systems with automatic timers set to run overnight..  This is an effort to prevent potential road hazard for motorists. 

Drivers are cautioned to be on the lookout for icy patches or black ice, especially early in the morning following sub-freezing temperatures.

View Press Release






 

Winter Weather Plan

2016 Winter Weather
Plan & Preparedness Efforts

First priority is to keep the Interstate System open and passable for emergency responders and essential travel. Georgia DOT maintenance forces will treat all affected lanes on the interstates. However, depending on the severity of the storm, some lanes may be closed.

Second priority is the highest volume state routes; focusing on the most traveled routes first, keeping them open for emergency travel. Two-lane state routes may be closed to traffic until they are safe; or cities and counties may choose to work on those roadways.

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Winter Weather Press Event
Monday, November 16, 2015

Georgia DOT Commissioner Russell R. McMurry hosted a press conference to discuss the Department’s readiness for upcoming winter weather. The Department has made strategic investment in additional equipment and resources to help keep roadways clear and safe during upcoming winter storm and other inclement weather events.

View Press Release


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