prepare roads for the possibility of adverse weather conditions in Asheville
and the surrounding counties, N.C. Department of
Transportation crews will be brining some interstates and four-lane
highways in the region today.
The National Weather Service
says a wintry mix is possible tonight and Saturday for parts of the North
Carolina mountains. NCDOT crews will pre-treat interstate routes with brine
inBuncombe,Madison andMcDowell counties, as well as U.S. 19
in Yancey County.
Salt brine is a salt and water
solution that is 23 percent salt and helps prevent ice from bonding to the
road. Salt brine is a cost-effective way to keep roads safe, costing about 15
cents per gallon to manufacture. It costs $6 to pre-treat one lane mile with
salt brine, compared to about $14.38 to apply rock salt to one lane mile after
a storm has hit.
Slippery road conditions
could occur overnight and into Saturday morning, so motorists are asked to slow
down and use caution when traveling through the region.
For real-time travel information at any time,
call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel
or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter
Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
To access it, type "m.ncdot.gov" into the browser of your smartphone. Then,
bookmark it to save for future reference.