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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Five tons of salt, and 57 pieces of snow removal equipment are all ready to be disbursed across state roads and highways in the 31 county area of the Chattahoochee Valley. The goal: to keep Georgians moving.

Kimberly Larson with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) says, "They are actively on the roadways looking for any icing spots, any accumulation of sleet, ice, and any snow that's out there."

Bridges and over passes have already started icing over, and they are the DOT's first priority.

"We're going to be on the interstates first to keep those open, and to keep the ice accumulation down. Then, we will go to multi-lane state routes, then we go to the less traveled, two lane state routes," Larson explains.

The treatment is a sand and salt mixture which, Kimberly Larson says, provides traction to drivers who have to hit the roads. The GDOT monitors these bridges and over passes regularly with scout vehicles.

"What our scout vehicles do is go out and monitor those bridges and over passes. But because we know that they will freeze and ice over first, before the roadways, they are pre-treated."

It's all an effort to keep the Georgia roads clear of ice and debris, and keep drivers safe.

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