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Commute Still Dangerous; Alpharetta Opens Community Center for Stranded Motorists

Traffic on some thoroughfares, including Hwy. 9, remained gridlocked even after 9 p.m.

Traffic on Hwy. 9 – Main Street in Alpharetta – has been gridlocked since 1 p.m. Tuesday, and at 9 p.m. it wasn't any better. This photo was taken after 5 p.m. in front of the Taco Mac near the Windward Parkway intersection.
Traffic on Hwy. 9 – Main Street in Alpharetta – has been gridlocked since 1 p.m. Tuesday, and at 9 p.m. it wasn't any better. This photo was taken after 5 p.m. in front of the Taco Mac near the Windward Parkway intersection.
Alpharetta has had roads closed and more obstructions. Hwy. 9 north remains backed up and nearly at a standstill, which has been true since about 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Driving conditions are so bad and with many motorists stranded, the City of Alpharetta is opening its Community Center for those "simply needing a warm place to stay until conditions improve," said Alpharetta Department of Public Safety spokesman George Gordon. The address is 175 Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA.

"We have worked and are currently are working dozens of calls involving incidents such as traffic crashes, medical emergencies, stranded motorists, vehicle fires, road rage and other issues," Gordon said.

The icy conditions have caused many motorists to simply abandon their vehicles in the roadway. But that creates traffic hazards for other motorists – especially emergency responders, Gordon said.

The City of Alpharetta public works staff continue to aggressively sand roadways with tons of sand in an effort to improve roadway travel, he said. 

"Please refrain from unnecessary travel and remain off the roadways. If you are stranded pull your vehicle to the shoulder," Gordon said.

Most of the problems listed below were reported at 6 p.m. and have been cleared, but they remain trouble spots. Count on every road being icy even if it isn't covered in ice:

Closed Roads

Eastbound Wills Drive to Roswell Street

Traffic Crashes

Webb Bridge Road  at Westwind

Webb Bridge Road at Lake Windward Drive

Obstructed Intersections

Park Bridge at Autumn Sage

Webb Bridge Road at Lake Windward Drive (Traffic Accident)

GA400 NB North of Mansell

Webb Bridge/ Lake Windward

Old Milton at 400 NB

Douglas Road/ Clubhouse

Area of 4163 Webb Bridge Road

Mansell at Haynes Bridge

Kimball Bridge west of Waters

Mid Broadwell at Charlotte

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