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Originally published: 2013-01-24 11:14:27
Last modified: 2013-01-24 11:26:25

NCDOT crews prep roads for weather

by Staff Reports

With winter weather predicted to hit parts of the state on Friday, N.C. Department of Transportation crews in many regions are pretreating roads and taking other steps to prepare for the storm.

NCDOT maintenance crews are using a salt-water mixture called brine, which is a cost-effective way to help prevent snow and ice from bonding to the pavement. 

Statewide, more than 1,900 trucks are equipped with snow plows and graders in addition to 325 front-end loaders and backhoes and 450 motor graders. NCDOT has 146,500 tons of salt on hand. A typical statewide frozen precipitation event requires 40,000 tons of salt.

In the North Carolina mountains and foothills, crews are treating major roadways with brine. Once that is completed, equipment will be refitted with plows and spreaders and be on standby until needed.

As crews continue to pretreat roads, remember to leave plenty of distance between your vehicle and the trucks spraying brine.

If you have to drive on icy roads, remember the following:

Slow down.

Bridges and overpasses freeze first.

Put away the cellphone.

Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding.

Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or the other drivers begin to slide.