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NCDOT Brining Roads Today in Asheville, Surrounding Counties

Shelby -To 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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM