Raleigh—The N.C. Department of Transportation is closely monitoring weather conditions across the state and stands ready to respond should an approaching system create hazardous road conditions.
In certain regions of the state, NCDOT crews are in the middle of or have already treated roads, bridges and overpasses with brine in anticipation of snow and ice.
Here’s the statewide outlook:
• On the Coast, crews in Beaufort, Carteret, Craven, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, Pamlico and Pitt counties are fitting equipment with salt spreaders. Crews will be ready to salt and sand the roads once the wintry weather comes in and will be on standby to work throughout the night to keep the roads clear.
• In Northeastern North Carolina, crews in Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Edgecombe, Gates, Halifax, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Nash, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties are spreading brine. Crews are also ready to retreat roads once the wintry weather arrives and will be on standby to work throughout the night to keep roads clear.
• In Southeastern North Carolina, maintenance crews in Onslow County are putting brine on all bridges and overpasses in the northern part of the county, including the Jacksonville area. In Brunswick, Duplin, New Hanover, Pender and Sampson counties, crews are putting plows and spreaders on trucks and have crews on standby to work this evening and throughout the night if necessary.
• In Western North Carolina, crews have already started preparing for possible snow and ice accumulation in Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Caldwell, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes and Yadkin counties. Interstates and overpasses have been pre-treated with brine and crews are ready to treat roads again tonight if needed. In Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Polk, Swain and Transylvania counties, crews chose not to pre-treat roads with brine since the precipitation moving through the area was expected to begin as rain. There’s also residual salt on the roads from recent NCDOT treatment and that salt will help treat roads for the current weather event. Crews are on standby to treat roads with salt and sand, as needed.
• In the Triad, the weather event is predicted to begin with rain. Because it would likely be washed away, NCDOT crews will not pretreat the roads with brine. As temperatures plunge below freezing tonight, the rain is expected to change over to snow with some accumulation expected. Salt trucks have been loaded and fueled with crews on standby to work overnight to treat problem areas as needed. In Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties, crews have prepared trucks and equipment, stocked supplies of salt and sand and are ready to respond, if needed.
• In the Triangle, NCDOT crews from Wake, Durham and surrounding counties are preparing the interstate, freeway bridges and overpasses with brine. Crews will also be ready to retreat the roads with salt and sand once the wintry mix comes in and will be working all night to keep the roads clear. Crews in Johnston and Wilson counties chose not to pretreat roads with brine because of rain anticipated to arrive first which would wash away and dilute the brine. However, should the forecast change, brining will take place. Crews are also brining east of the Triangle in Wayne County.
• Near Charlotte, in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Stanly and Anson counties, NCDOT crews have been applying brine mixture on roads, bridges and overpasses and will stage at strategic spots to respond to trouble spots. Crews are monitoring conditions and equipment/personnel are on standby to respond to calls throughout the night.
Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution overnight and during the Wednesday morning commute. Remember these safety tips:
• Slow down
• Bridges and overpasses freeze first
• Put down the cell phone and focus on the road
• Use gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding
• Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to slide.
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