NCDOT Crews Working to Clear Snow, Ice from Roads Statewide Wednesday, January 29, 2014

From the mountains to the coast, N.C. Department of Transportation crews across the state are working hard today to clear roads and bridges after a winter storm covered them in snow and ice Monday night. Every county is impacted at this time. To check conditions where you live, visit our travel webpage.

Because travel conditions are treacherous, NCDOT urges motorists to stay off the roads today if possible. This will not only help keep drivers safe, but it will also make it easier for our maintenance crews to plow snow off the roads and put down sand or salt.

Crews are working around-the-clock to respond to the winter storm. There are 2,706 employees operating 1,474 trucks and 217 graders to combat the effects of the storm. To date, they have put down nearly 31,000 tons of salt and roughly 6,700 tons of sand/salt mix on roads and bridges.

They are focusing first on interstate and highways that carry the most traffic and provide essential connections between cities and towns. Once those routes are clear and safe for travel, they will address secondary roads, which carry more localized traffic. Because of extremely cold temperatures, it may take several days to de-ice roadways and clear the snow.

If you have to travel today, use extreme caution and follow these important safety tips:
  • Clear windows and mirrors;
  • Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles;
  • Maintain a safe following distance behind brine application trucks, and plow and spreader trucks;
  • Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge;
  • If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car;
  • If you have a cellular phone, take it with you; you can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling HP (*47) or call the county emergency center by dialing 911; and
  • Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection where traffic lights are out. Treat this scenario as a four-way stop.

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