Mayor Kasim Reed Urges Residents to Stay Off Roads if Possible

ATLANTA – Mayor Kasim Reed early Wednesday morning urged motorists to stay home to allow the city to adequately treat priority roads and bridges to make them safe for travel. Public works crews, along with private contractors, worked overnight to salt and sand major arterials, including state-controlled roads such as Peachtree Road and Piedmont Avenue, to minimize the impact and hazards of snow and ice.

To prepare for Winter Storm Leon, the City of Atlanta began preparing for the inclement weather at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. The City’s Department of Public Works crews have been working 12-hour shifts to pre-treat priority roads and bridges with 30 spreaders and 40 snow plows. All of the city’s preparations worked as intended; so far no lives have been lost and no major accidents on any city roads or bridges have occurred. Throughout, the day, there has been clear access to and from the city’s hospitals, fire stations and police precincts.

“We urge the public to stay home as much as possible today to allow our crews to make our roads safe, passable and fully open for business as soon as possible,” said Mayor Kasim Reed. ”Without a doubt, our first priority is ensuring the safety of all residents.”

The city of Atlanta has a full deployment of Department of Public Works crews working around the clock to treat roads. The Atlanta Police Department is working closely with the Georgia State Patrol and the Georgia Department of Transportation to assist stranded motorists this morning and throughout the day. In addition, the City of Atlanta has been providing food, blankets and cots to stranded APS students and travelers at the city’s Greyhound bus station and has opened a temporary shelter at the old Adamsville Recreation Center in Southwest Atlanta that can house up to 100 people.

In accordance with the declared state of emergency issued by the Governor Nathan Deal, Mayor Reed has determined that non-essential City of Atlanta employees should not report to work today.

For more information about the City of Atlanta, please visit http://www.atlantaga.gov or watch City Channel 26. Follow the City of Atlanta on Facebook and Twitter @CityofAtlanta. Follow Mayor Reed on Facebook and Twitter @Kasim Reed

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