The Order: Which Roads are Cleared First during Winter Weather Tuesday, January 28, 2014

RALEIGH — As the snow from the winter storm begins to blanket the state, NCDOT crews are responding, trying to clear roads and bridges as quickly and efficiently as possible to ensure motorist safety. They follow a pre-established order when removing snow and ice.

They begin with interstate and four-lane divided primary routes, as well as some primary and secondary routes considered essential to the movement of intrastate traffic. These roads get the highest priority, because they carry the largest number of vehicles and serve as critical connections between cities and towns.

Next, crews clear U.S. and N.C. routes and paved secondary routes not already addressed. Then, they handle unpaved secondary routes.

You can learn more about our storm response protocol by watching the video below.

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