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UPDATED: Fulton County deploys road crews for black ice
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January 03, 2014 02:00 PM | 2547 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print

Fulton County Facilities and Transportation Department inspectors working in conjunction with the Georgia De-partment of Transportation completed inspections of roads and bridges Friday in south Fulton County for black ice.

Inspectors found three potential trouble spots this morning at the following locations:

o A fallen tree was removed from Cochran Road. The area is now clear of debris.

o Black ice was located on Buffington Road near the intersection of Old Fairburn Road (Red Oak area). A mixture of sand, rock dust and calcium chloride were placed in the area.

o Black ice was located near the following intersections: Enon Road at Campbellton Road, Enon Road between Vandiver Road and Camp Creek Parkway. A mixture of sand, rock dust and calcium chloride were placed in the area.

Inspections of bridges in south Fulton were found to be clear of black ice.

Black ice is clear and appears black because the dark asphalt surface underneath shows through. It can form on heavily congested highways from auto emissions, but other roads are susceptible including those in shaded areas, near lakes and rivers, in tunnels and on overpasses.

Both the authority and the department offer these tips to increase driver safety:

o Be aware that black ice is almost invisible.

o Be especially careful on bridges, overpasses and tunnels and in early morning when the air temperature is rising faster than the pavement temperature.

o Never brake while driving on ice. Applying pressure to your brakes while on ice will cause a vehicle to skid. Brake only during your approach.

o Keep your distance. The distance needed to stop on ice is twice as long as under normal driving circumstances. Keep at least a three-car distance from the vehicle directly in front of you.

Information: (404) 612-4223 or (404) 312-8861.

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