Raleigh -To help snow and ice cleanup crews deal with vehicles that may break down or get abandoned along I-95 during the winter storm hitting North Carolina, NCDOT's Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) program is partnering once again with several state agencies and department divisions to temporarily provide help to motorists and law enforcement along I-95, which is normally not patrolled by IMAP
Two IMAP units from the Triangle area, one from the Triad and two from the Charlotte area will be used to patrol the entire length of I-95. The hours of service and specific locations they will patrol will be dependent on weather and road conditions.
A similar expansion of the IMAP program to I-95 took place during winter weather two weeks ago. The added patrols assisted the Highway Patrol and other agencies in keeping I-95 clear of vehicles left on the side of the road. Abandoned or broken down vehicles can pose a safety risk to DOT crews trying to clear the road of snow and ice, and to other drivers and first responders.
IMAP drivers already work in several areas of the state, responding to a variety of needs. They detect and verify incidents and provide temporary traffic control for more significant incidents. Each truck is equipped with air compressors for flat tires, front and rear winches for moving vehicles out of travel lanes and gasoline and diesel fuel to get stranded vehicles to the nearest gas station.
Drivers who need assistance along I-95 are encouraged to call *HP, and Highway Patrol dispatch can send an IMAP to the location.
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