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NCDOT Responds to Winter Weather across North Carolina

RALEIGH -As a winter storm moves across the state tonight, N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews are working diligently to clear the roads and help keep motorists safe. In counties where snow is accumulating on the pavement, crews are using plows to push it off the roads. In counties experiencing rain, sleet or a wintry mix, crews are riding key routes, monitoring conditions and treating any slick spots with sand or salt. These crews will work throughout the night and during the early morning hours to ensure the roads are safe before the Monday morning commute begins. The winter storm has also affected the NCDOT Ferry Division. Crews working to replace pilings at the Bayview-Aurora ferry route had to suspend work today due to weather conditions. They will resume work tomorrow as soon as the weather permits. Ferry runs on this route will remain suspended until the work is complete. Commuters should call the Pamlico River terminal at (252) 964-4521 for updates. Other ferry routes could have weather-related delays Monday morning. Travelers should check with their departure terminal for up-to-date information. The phone numbers are: Cedar Island -(252) 225-7411; Cherry Branch -(252) 447-1055; Currituck -(252) 232-2683; Hatteras -(252) 986-2353; Ocracoke -(252) 928-5311; Southport -(910) 457-6942; and Swan Quarter -(252) 926-6021. The department urges motorists who must travel during the storm to 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 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 dialing HP (*47) or the county emergency center by calling 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. Motorists can access real-time travel information throughout North Carolina at any time by calling 511, visiting www.ncdot.gov/travel, accessing NCDOT's mobile website by typing "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of their smartphones or following NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.

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2/15/2018 5:26 PM