Johnson Ferry Road Closed Near Chattahoochee

Vehicles are abandoned on either side of the hilly East Cobb side of the road, with southbound lanes shut at Paper Mill.

Cobb Police closed off Johnson Ferry Road southbound to the Chattahoochee River at Paper Mill Road Tuesday. Photo: Cobb County Government
Cobb Police closed off Johnson Ferry Road southbound to the Chattahoochee River at Paper Mill Road Tuesday. Photo: Cobb County Government
One of the worst traffic spots we've heard about in Tuesday's snow and ice storm was Johnson Ferry Road near the Chattahoochee River, both in East Cobb and Sandy Springs. 

The steep climb that greets Cobb-bound commuters coming from Sandy Springs was a no-go late Tuesday. Vehicles were abandoned on either side of icy Johnson Ferry as motorists hoofed it up the hill for help, and to call family. 

Cobb County Government released photos of Johnson Ferry, which was closed southbound at Paper Mill Road because of the sharp decline to the river and across the bridge into Sandy Springs. 

East Cobb resident Dan Curran had to pick up his wife, who was heading in from the Perimeter Center area after a seven-hour commute, at that intersection. 

Here's how he described what he saw as he was reunited with her at the Shell station at Johnson Ferry and Paper Mill Road: 

"No cars can make it up the hill so she had to stop there.

"People were trying to go up the hill using both the north and southbound sides of the road but none of the vehicles were able to make it to the very top. 

"Most drivers walked away from their cars, abandoning them there. The almost-to-the-crest of the hill is littered with cars on both sides of the road.

"I picked her up at the Shell at Paper Mill.

"The eerie thing was driving down JF to pick her up at the Shell. There were pedestrians! All of the business folks in their suits were summoning their inner resolve and walking towards home. I could almost hear them saying, 'I am not going to let this storm get the better of me!' "

Cobb County Government released some other photos on its Twitter feed (@cobbcountygovt) around the East Cobb area that were passable.

Johnson Ferry Baptist Church is offering shelter to stranded motorists, as is the Piedmont Church, 570 Piedmont Road. 

All Cobb Fire Department stations also are taking in people who can't get home. Call 911 to provide your location.

All Cobb schools and local colleges and universities are closed Wedneday, and most Cobb government offices will open at noon. Some courts are closed all day. Here's our roundup of the latest from East Cobb and around the county. 

Doug Brophy January 29, 2014 at 03:33 AM
Can you find out when J F rd westbound might be open?
your own luck January 29, 2014 at 09:25 AM
After knowing for 2 days in advance that this storm was coming, why did GDOT not prepare the roads in advance? GDOT waited until the roads were completely full with gridlock and THEN then want to start sanding the pavement?! Complete ineptitude on the part of the government once again.
M. Stone January 29, 2014 at 11:54 AM
Thanks to the Sandy Springs crew that de-iced that hill late Tuesday night! After waiting three hours near the bridge, my husband was finally able to make it up that hill and got home 13 hours after he left Midtown.
Jack Weaver January 30, 2014 at 10:28 PM
After three hours , I finally made it to the top, The only help was a Sandy Springs police car escorting a sand truck which I assumed was dumped on the Cobb side of the hill. It appears that Cobb DOT was nowhere to be found. This was a very dangerous scene where serious injury and property damage could have happened. This grade should have been pretreated well before the fact. Cobb DOT was asleep at the wheel on this one. What is future plans for next time? It aint like sending up rocket ships.


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