Roads clearer in Columbus but officials still urge caution - WRBL

Roads clearer in Columbus but officials still urge caution

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COLUMBUS, Ga. - Interstate 185 was a vastly different story Thursday morning with much of the ice and snow cleared from the roads. Around 5 a.m. Thursday morning, Columbus police had not had any accident reports or road closures in the area.

City Manager Isaiah Hugley sent a memo Wednesday night which says, "We have continued to monitor the weather, roads and travel conditions throughout the city. We have continued consolation with the Mayor, Emergency Management, Police Chief, Public Works Director, METRA Director, Citizens Service Center Manager and MCSD Superintendent regarding conditions with roads and bridges throughout the city. Public Works will continue to service roads, bridges and hot spots. There will be no garbage collection on Thursday. Residents who receive pickup on Thursday will receive garbage collection service this Saturday, February 1, 2014. There is no change in garbage collection for those residents who receive Friday collection. There will be no METRA Bus Service on Thursday. Regular bus service will resume on Friday. The 311 Citizen Services Center will remain open to handle all non emergency calls. 911 will continue to handle all emergency calls. Public safety will be out assisting the public as necessary. We encourage the public to be safe and only travel on the roadways if absolutely necessary." 
Georgia Department of Transportation trucks were out sanding the roads Thursday morning to prepare them for drivers around the area. The Lee County EMA says a hard freeze warning is in effect for Lee County until 9 a.m. CST and urge drivers to be cautious on the roads.

Georgia state patrol released some accidents numbers around 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon. They said statewide troopers have been dispatched to 1,386 crashes with 164 injuries and 1 fatality. Troopers have also assisted 777 motorists. In the Columbus area, troopers have been dispatched to 22 crashes with 9 injuries and no fatalities. This includes Muscogee and the surrounding counties. 

Naomi Keitt

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