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GDOT: Traffic made snow storm worse

ATLANTA - A time-lapse created by analysts at Georgia Tech for the Georgia DOT shows how traffic increased through the day, compounded by the increasing snow and ice.

Using a weather overlay over GDOT's traffic conditions map, you get a real-time look at what happened. Beginning at 10 a.m. on that Tuesday, you can see moisture moving in, but noting that most of the highways around Metro Atlanta show green, indicating normal traffic.

By 11 a.m., the moisture encompasses the city, and that is when the school systems and businesses began to release people to get home. By noon, when snow began to accumulate, a portion of Interstate 285 and Interstate 75 on the north side of the city begins to back-up -- with the indicator map turning from green to red, then to black.

Over the next 30 minutes, the entire north side of the Perimeter is backed up. At the same time, I-75 is backed up from the North Loop in Marietta to well inside the Perimeter. By 2 p.m., it's all over -- with red or black areas on most highways across Metro Atlanta.

That will be one of the biggest challenges facing Gov. Deal's task force which has been given the task of making sure something like this does not happen again.

Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed said they will be searching for solutions for the traffic issues that the area faced last week.


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