TIFTON, Ga. – Eleven plow trucks and 54 employees from southwest Georgia were deployed to Atlanta Monday afternoon to assist with the approaching winter storm.
The employees include drivers, managers and mechanics. Atlanta is under a winter storm watch from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. Thursday. The forecast calls for snow and freezing rain.
The winter weather is not expected to reach as far south as the Tifton area. However, if snow and ice develop in southwest Georgia, the employees of GDOT’s District 4 will be ready with motor graders and spreaders, District Maintenance Engineer Stacy Aultman said. District 4 encompasses the counties of Atkinson, Baker, Ben Hill, Berrien, Brooks, Calhoun, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquitt, Cook, Crisp, Decatur, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Grady, Irwin, Lanier, Lee, Lowndes, Miller, Mitchell, Quitman, Randolph, Seminole, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Turner, Wilcox and Worth.
Approximately 2,130 GDOT maintenance and construction employees are available for active duty across the state. Nearly all GDOT personnel will be on call across affected parts of the state.