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State ready to help retrieve abandoned vehicles

By Ken Stanford Reporter
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ATLANTA - If you left a car or truck abandoned on the highways around Atlanta Tuesday night, several state agencies are offering assistance in retrieving your vehicle.

"We've partnered with metro Atlanta towing companies to assist us in moving abandoned vehicles to the roadway shoulders as we continue to clear the travel lanes," said Kathy Zahul, state Department of Transportation Traffic Engineer.

Beginning today, state agencies including Georgia State Patrol (GSP), National Guard and Georgia DOT HEROs will be available to transport motorists to vehicles abandoned on the interstate shoulders during the recent winter storm.

Two staging areas for transport will open at 10 a.m.

*Drivers who left their vehicles on I-20 and I-285 west should report to the Westlake MARTA station (parking area), 80 Anderson Ave. SW, Atlanta.

*Drivers who left their vehicles on I-75, the top end of I-285 and the Downtown Connector (I-75/I-85) should report to Mount Paran Church (parking area), 2055 Mount Paran Road, Atlanta.

Once there, drivers will be transported by official personnel in a 4-wheel-drive to their vehicle. There will be fuel available for vehicles that ran out of gas as well as the capability to jump off a dead battery. GSP will have a database to help motorists locate their vehicle if it was towed to an impound lot and provide transportation to the facility. Motorists should bring car keys and driver's license to Check-In.

State officials advise motorists to exercise extreme caution around abandoned vehicles. This is particularly important as lanes become passable and an increasing number of people return to the roadsides to move their cars.

Other priorities include the more work to clear ice and snow from of all major Interstates and ramps in metro Atlanta including I-285, I-75, I-85 and GA 400. Once this work is completed, crews will move to major state routes and arteries.

GDOT strongly recommends that tractor trailers not drive in Metro Atlanta and north Georgia unless tire chains are used.

In other parts of the state, crews are working throughout West Central Georgia. These following locations are hazardous, icing has been reported and crews are working in these couties:

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