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A Year After Snowstorm Gridlock, New DOT Chief Promises to Avoid a Repeat

This photo was taken on Jan. 29, 2014, the morning after the snowstorm hit Atlanta.  Hundreds of cars remained stuck on I-85 northbound near Monroe Drive.  Some metro drivers remained stranded for 12-20 hours.
This photo was taken on Jan. 29, 2014, the morning after the snowstorm hit Atlanta. Hundreds of cars remained stuck on I-85 northbound near Monroe Drive. Some metro drivers remained stranded for 12-20 hours.
Credit Denis O'Hayer / WABE

On Jan. 28, 2014, a few inches of snow and ice paralyzed metro Atlanta.  Thousands of people were stranded in their cars–many for up to an entire day.  Much of the blame for the highway nightmare fell on state transportation officials.  A year later, the state’s new transportation commissioner promised the state had done a great deal in the year since, to prevent a repeat when the next storm comes.  On the Jan. 28, 2014 edition of “A Closer Look,” Commissioner Russell McMurry spoke with WABE’s Denis O’Hayer.Denis O'Hayer's Interview with Georgia Transporation Commissioner Russell McMurry