Most roads in Cobb County have been encased with sheets of ice the past couple of days, leaving residents to wonder when the roads will be clear.
Cobb Department of Transportation crews have spread a sand-salt-gravel mixture on major thoroughfares, but subdivision and side streets are untouched. The county used 300 tons of the mixture by Tuesday morning, with more loads arriving from the Vulcan Materials plant near McCollum Airport, according to county road maintenance manager Bill Shelton.
Residents may see a plow truck spreading the de-icing mixture but not plowing. The county does not have scrapers to use on the plow trucks, Shelton said.
If you need to make a roadwork request or report a pothole, call the county at 770-528-3666.
Cobb County and Marietta police report that road conditions are still dangerous. Major thoroughfares and subdivision and side streets are icy. Authorities warn drivers to use extreme caution.
The Georgia Emergency Management Agency, the state’s lead disaster management agency, did not offer help to Cobb County. The agency released a statement that it was up to local governments to request help, and few had made a request.
The state DOT said it was doing all it could to keep the interstates clear of ice, stranded motorists and jackknifed tractor-trailers.
Nathan Deal, during his first news conference as governor, said, "The weather has to cooperate in order for us to do what we really need to do."
Deal went on to say that the state does not spend money on equipment that it won’t regularly use, which is why it does not have much snow and ice removal equipment.
The ice, three-quarters of an inch thick in some places, has not stopped determined residents from driving. The noise of spinning tires has become a familiar sound and will continue to be for a couple of days as subfreezing temperatures sustain the ice.