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generoll
2011-01-06, 20:02
FWIW, GA 348 (Russell Parkway) was marked closed and barricaded from the Helen, GA side today.

Skidsteer
2011-01-06, 20:06
Up close to Hogpen? Or is it barricaded at Alt. 75?

generoll
2011-01-06, 20:22
Barricaded at alt 75.

SGT Rock
2011-01-06, 20:43
Is it due to weather?

Skidsteer
2011-01-06, 20:44
Barricaded at alt 75.

Damn. Wonder what's up?

generoll
2011-01-06, 21:21
no idea. I drove by there returning from Amicalola. Saw the sign and the barricade and figured they meant business.

Bulldawg
2011-01-06, 23:40
Its probably the weather. Or the ice has fell at Hogpen and blocked the highway.

Spogatz
2011-01-07, 10:26
They close it down every time there is the threat of bad weather on the mountain. Today it is snow.

Egads
2011-01-08, 08:31
They closed 180 too. Additionally, many flights thru Atl are canceled. I've seen forecasts of 6" to 12" of snow & sleet in N GA beginning Sunday afternoon.

Last year, I drove around the barrier on 348 SOBO to get to Hogpen, did a day hike, & continued SOBO to Helen. I was in a AWD and encountered ice for the top 1/2 mi. No real issues for an AWD and a foolish driver, but a RWD would not have made it. BTW, I weren't the only one driving thru.

generoll
2011-01-08, 10:34
CB told me that they do occasionally patrol that road and will issue tickets.

Skidsteer
2011-01-08, 10:43
They close it down every time there is the threat of bad weather on the mountain. Today it is snow.


They closed 180 too. Additionally, many flights thru Atl are canceled. I've seen forecasts of 6" to 12" of snow & sleet in N GA beginning Sunday afternoon.

Last year, I drove around the barrier on 348 SOBO to get to Hogpen, did a day hike, & continued SOBO to Helen. I was in a AWD and encountered ice for the top 1/2 mi. No real issues for an AWD and a foolish driver, but a RWD would not have made it. BTW, I weren't the only one driving thru.

Weather's starting to look real ugly for the next few days.

Kanga
2011-01-08, 11:04
the tickets they give out for going around the barrier are HEFTY.

Spogatz
2011-01-08, 21:54
I look forward to the bad weather. It is just a matter of staying safe and keeping off the roads. I'll get a lot of good weather pics....