– With the potential for winter weather in Saturday’s forecast, the N.C. Department of Transportation is preparing
its crews and equipment to respond quickly to any ice or snow on North Carolina
roads and bridges.
Because the storm is predicted to begin as rain in most areas Saturday
afternoon, NCDOT did not pretreat the roads in most parts of the state with a
salt-water mixture called brine. The rain would wash the brine off the pavement,
eliminating any benefit and wasting resources.
Crews across the state will be on alert Saturday – ready to
respond if snow begins accumulating Saturday evening. They have attached plows
and spreaders to their trucks, and topped off their fuel tanks to ensure they
NCDOT has produced several videos explaining how maintenance crews
gear up for winter weather months in advance, how they determine when to use
salt and sand, and how they decide which roads to clear first. These videos and
many others are available on the NCDOT
Because most North Carolina motorists rarely drive in wintry conditions, here
are a few safety tips to remember if you encounter snow or ice:
Bridges and overpasses freeze first;
Put down the cell phone and focus on the road;
Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to
avoid skidding; and
Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers
begin to slide.
Check conditions before you go. Motorists can access real-time information
about changing road conditions across the state in a number of ways:
Call 511, the department’s toll-free travel information line;
travel webpage to see live traffic camera images and access road conditions
by region, route or county;
Use NCDOT Mobile, the mobile version of the department’s website,
to know before you go about road conditions. Just type “m.ncdot.gov” into your
“Like” NCDOT on Facebook;
Follow one of NCDOT’s many Twitter feeds.
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