2 Major Douglas County Roads Close

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is reporting that ice and accidents have closed two major Douglasville roads.

The Douglas County Sheriff's Department is reporting that Chapel Hill Road is closed. Highway 5 is also closed at the moment due to ice and accidents.

Come back to Patch for updates.

T January 28, 2014 at 02:13 PM
From where to where? More info would be nice. Can you get off the expressway anywhere?
Cynthia Lohr January 28, 2014 at 02:14 PM
And the DOT is nowhere to be found :(
T January 28, 2014 at 02:18 PM
So crazy, know this coming and wait till the last minute to take care of roads
Fran Armstrong January 28, 2014 at 02:21 PM
That's because a few inches of snow becomes a problem because the town doesn't do any clean up. How about putting down some sand or salt instead of letting the soft snow turn to ice.
John Barker (Editor) January 28, 2014 at 02:21 PM
Sorry T, We can only report what the Sheriff's Office says. We don't have more details yet. Hopefully soon.
Betty January 28, 2014 at 02:34 PM
DC DOT can handle only so much. Give them a break, guys!
T January 28, 2014 at 02:37 PM
I understand John , seems they would give just a little more than just closed. That is almost nothing IMHO
T January 28, 2014 at 03:56 PM
Anyone know if you can get off I-20 onto 5?
T January 28, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Betty, no offense to you, but the DOT everywhere knew it was coming, and again they did no pretreating . That is the difference in northern states and ga, they know to start early. They just reiterated that on the news , that is why people are unhappy even at the government level. Heads will roll when its over.
T January 28, 2014 at 06:08 PM
Oh, a plow truck just passed my wife stuck on I-20 traffic and he is not even plowing, she said he just went past everyone honking his horn so he could get home probably
Jan Bruce January 28, 2014 at 07:00 PM
How is Fairburn Rd north bound?
T January 28, 2014 at 07:17 PM
Jeff, my wife has been on 20 for 7 hrs now. It just took her 2 hrs from 285 to Thornton Rd. She still has to get to Hwy 5, its ridiculous
Jeff Butler January 28, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Anyone know if DOT is doing anything to get I20 west bound moving? My daughter left work 6 1/2 hrs ago...usually less than 30 minute commute.
Jeff Butler January 28, 2014 at 07:21 PM
Someone needs to lose their job over this. Completely ridiculous that sand & salt wasn't spread on our roads in advance. We all knew this was coming. My friends up north are laughing at us, and it's not even funny!
T January 28, 2014 at 07:25 PM
Just another instance of your tax dollars at work. Would love to know who supervises and makes the planning / implementation happen. They should lose their job quickly
T January 28, 2014 at 07:33 PM
This is all the DOT has: I-20 I-20 Both Directions : AT SR 5 Icy Conditions Reported. No lanes blocked. Douglas Co. Cleared at: today 7:46 PM. Last update: today 7:19 PM.
T January 28, 2014 at 07:50 PM
DOT hasn't a clue, I-20 is one ft at a time, backed up from Dgls to Atlanta and they say no blockage. 40 min and halfway between Thornton and Lee Rd. Hows that for a kick in the pants. NO DOT trucks seen in 3 hrs on 20 no matter what the head honcho says on TV. He apparently doesn't know anything either
T January 28, 2014 at 09:19 PM
It is apparent that the county does not care for its citizens, cant even post info on roads or expressway
Leslie W. January 28, 2014 at 11:03 PM
My children and I spent several hours on Hwy. 5. (headed towards the traffic circle @ Hwy. 5 & 166) Cars have gone into ditches and many people have decided to just park on the side of the road and walk because it is so icy. I want to say a huge THANK YOU to the volunteers who came out on their ATVs and helped to pull a lot of folks out! You guys are AWESOME!
T January 28, 2014 at 11:15 PM
Nice to hear the goodwill from fellow citizens, wish we could some from our government!!!! DOT emergency says I-20 traffic moving 12 mph and it has not moved in 4 hrs now, that is pathetic. Nobody provides information and that is a shame. Tax dollars are wasted!! Need cameras on our own locations WORKING!!!!!!
David Churchill January 29, 2014 at 08:17 AM
No one knew the weather would be as bad as it was. Everyone left work at the same time to get home. That is what helped caused this mess. At least, we still have power and heat to our houses (thosed who are lucky enough to get home). Thank God for all those helpful store employess who opened their hearts and doors for stranded motorists. I do wish the News would have covered more on the westside of Atlanta. I think I can count on 1 hand, the number of times Douglas County was mentioned on the News last time.
Sandra Whittington January 29, 2014 at 08:38 AM
Lesson to take away from this. During the winter, ALWAYS have blankets and energy bars in your vehicle. It doesn't have to be snow or ice, your vehicle could break down and leave you stranded in the cold. Having emergency supplies available would be a huge help.
Danielle Y. Tolbert January 29, 2014 at 09:14 AM
Any update on the state of Chapel Hill Road now? Is it passable? Have the abandoned cars been moved?
T January 29, 2014 at 09:44 AM
Danielle, I would not get my hopes up for any elected official to require information be presented to the public through their websites.
Murray Jr January 29, 2014 at 10:19 AM
To those blaming DOT. It's not them. They don't have the resources or budget to handle this type of situation. The biggest contributing factor was the schools Douglas County School System not being closed in preparation for this. Remember when they pre-closed the schools because of Cold? (That was a questionable decision, pre-closing for this event wouldn't have been) The schools announced mid-day that they were closing early. BAM - Everyone starts leaving work and their homes at the same time to get their kids, then people start getting calls from their kids that the buses are running late or that they see accidents, my daughter included, BAM again. All you see and hear in your head as a parent is "I gotta go get my kid before something bad happens". This situation still would've been bad, but it was much worse but not pre-closing the schools. They need to pre-close for Thursday now so parents and care-givers have one less thing to worry about or plan for today. If they can pre-close for "Cold" they can pre-close for this.
T January 29, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Too Funny Murray. Sounds like the governor blowing smoke at us.
T January 29, 2014 at 02:19 PM
Mayor of Atlanta just stated that the city has 30 spreaders and 40 plows. So, if the state of Georgia cannot keep the interstates clear, someone is not doing their part. You do not have to clear an entire expressway, 2 lanes of clear road at 10mph are better than 4-6 lanes of dead still traffic. Also, the DOT is responsible fir information flow, which is more critical than the roads. So, whats the excuse there? Not enough of people? 511 had no info at all last night and this morning. They actually had I -20 traffic labeled as moving 12-14 mph and it was DEAD STILL for 4 hrs moving a whole 1 mile in that time. So, why is there nobody responsible for information at all levels? There were several plows seen last night getting through and they are so ignorant at their jobs, their plows were not down. PATHETIC! Some people need to work up north for a while and learn the right way to guarantee clear roads, they are all laughing at how dumb our state is now!!!!
Murray Jr January 29, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I don't think they actually "own" 30 spreaders and 40 plows. They have them on retainer from a Private company.
T January 29, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Just for any clarifications, the problem is not local county/city dot but it is the GDOT system. Watched all day news and everytime they showed plows on the snow covered interstates NOT ONE plow had their blade lowered, even when there was 2 abreast. They haven't a clue of how to use a plow and salt the road behind. They also stated that they only pre treated overpasses and bridges. When they went to do the roads , there was too much traffic already. Well, that is pathetic planning!!!!!!! Brine mixture will not freeze at the temps we had during all that fiasco. Pre treat, then go with salt/sand/gravel later. Seen this 6 times and always the same in Ga, they cannot do the job because they do not learn. Use the northern states proposals, they said they are willing to assist, USE their knowledge. Gov. Deal has to go!!!!!!


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