RALEIGH - Although snowflakes are not yet falling in Davidson County, the N.C. Department of Transportation is already preparing for winter weather. Maintenance crews will conduct dry runs in Davidson County on Tuesday, Nov. 15, to ensure that if Old Man Winter brings ice and snow they are ready to respond quickly.
Crews will focus tomorrow mainly on the equipment they use to spread salt on the roads before the storm hits to prevent ice from bonding to the pavement, as well as the plows that push snow off the roads. They will attach the equipment to their trucks and take test rides to make sure it is working properly. If crews find any problems, they will take steps to return the equipment to good working order as soon as possible.
"We rely on these tools to clear the roads of snow and ice, and get traffic moving again safely," said NCDOT Davidson County Maintenance Engineer Mark Crook. "That's why it's critical that we check them well in advance of winter storms, so we can respond efficiently."
Crews will also make sure all their trucks are fully equipped with essentials such as snow chains for the tires.