Sunday, December 12, 2010

City of Atlanta Prepares for Frigid Temperatures and Possible Icy Conditions

Rosel Fann Recreation Center open for residents; Salt spreaders in operation

To aid residents who may be adversely affected by tonight's frigid weather, the City of Atlanta is opening the Rosel Fann Recreation Center from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Monday.

Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Fire & Rescue and EMS personnel will be at the recreation center. The AFRD will have an Advance Life Support Unit assigned to the facility during the operational hours on a rotational basis and a First-Aid station also will be on-site.

City staff will provide blankets, cots and water to residents who come to the center which is located at 365 Cleveland Ave. SE, Atlanta, GA 30354. The City strongly encourages all residents who lack adequate shelter or heat to seek assistance this evening. For more information, please call the Mayor’s Office of Constituent Services at (404) 330-6023.

If icy conditions develop overnight, the City of Atlanta encourages residents to stay off the roads. If driving is unavoidable, use extra care.

To prepare for possible inclement weather, city maintenance crews will spread a mixture of sand and salt over all bridges, overpasses and streets with steep gradients using a priority route system based on traffic volumes and locations of employment centers and hospitals.

Approximately 1200 tons of sand and salt materials are presently on hand and will be dispersed throughout the city as necessary. Fifteen crews utilizing six sand trucks and 10 tandem dump trucks will participate in this activity. Crews will work through the night to ensure roads are passable and are available to respond 24 hours daily as needed. GDOT and Fulton County are on standby should their assistance be needed.

The roadways have been divided into four categories:

First Priority - 100 centerline miles of roadway that must be kept open for the health and safety of citizens.
Second Priority - 83 miles of roadway to give each household a road within 2 miles that would be passable for public or private transit.
Third Priority - All other arterial and collector streets
Fourth Priority - Residential streets

In addition to 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. Motorists are reminded to exercise extreme caution as icy conditions can still be dangerous despite sanding.

Please call (404) 853-3227 to report icy road conditions, downed trees/debris.

Should the City be significantly impacted by the inclement weather conditions, all operations will be reflective of a “holiday” schedule which means that all solid waste pickups (household garbage, recycling, and yard trimmings) may be delayed by 1 day. Customers should continue to place their waste items out on the regularly scheduled pick up day. Work efforts on closed or blocked streets will be handled once streets are re-opened to vehicular traffic.

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