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NCDOT Crews Brining Roads in Advance of Winter Weather

Shelby -The N.C. Department of Transportation is monitoring the possibility of adverse weather conditions in the North Carolina foothills and has begun brining operations to pre-treat roads for icy conditions.

The National Weather Service is forecasting snow and colder-than-normal temperatures on Tuesday for NCDOT's Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties. Brining operations are currently underway in each of the division's counties.

Salt brine is a water and salt solution that is 23 percent salt and helps keep ice from bonding to the pavement. NCDOT crews will brine Division 12's bare pavement routes, which include interstates, four-lane divided primary routes and other primary and secondary roads. Crews will work late tonight to ensure brining operations are complete on Tuesday.

NCDOT crews will use salt and sand to treat any spots on the road that might cause adverse driving conditions.Motorists are encouraged to slow down and be on the lookout for possible icy patches as they travel throughout the foothills.

Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.

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

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