Residents still urged to stay off roads

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The Georgia Department of Transportation along with Doraville Police Chief John King is urging residents not to drive until roads become more passable.

Residents still urged to stay off roads

Written By: Robert Naddra

“County and state transportation agencies do not have sufficient equipment to clear county roads or city streets,” King said Wednesday in a statement. “They are focused on the freeways. Since the storm’s onset, we have moved or rescued a large number of 18-wheelers off 285.

“At this time, the priority for transportation agencies is to ensure that commodities are being transported to prevent the scarcity of basic foodstuffs,” he added. “The average wait time for wreckers is two to three hours and for large trucks is longer, so please continue refrain from driving."

Freezing temperatures throughout the rest of the week will make for a slow recovery. According to the National Weather Service in Peachtree City, the high temperature for Wednesday is expected to be 29 degrees. The projected high for Thursday is 31 and 42 for Friday.

Many sections of interstates 285, 85 and 20, as well as portions of U.S. Highway 78, have been impassable at times over the past three days. On Wednesday the ramps from I-85 southbound to Buford Highway, and from I-285 South to Highway 78 were blocked because of accidents.

The City of Doraville also is advising that trash pickup may resume on Thursday, but residents are encouraged to not set out their garbage and recyclables until next week when regular service resumes, according to a statement from Advance Disposal.

The storm also has shut down many municipal governments throughout the county. The cities of Decatur, Clarkston, Chamblee, Doraville and Dunwoody have cancelled municipal court for Wednesday. Also, the Clarkston and Dunwoody city halls are closed until weather permits reopening.