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NCDOT Crews Continuing to Clear Roads in Counties East of the Triangle - Interstates clear; Crews focusing on primary routes

RALEIGH - Since snow began falling earlier this week in the six counties east of the Triangle making up the N.C. Department of Transportation's Division Four, maintenance crews have been hard at work clearing roads and spreading salt and sand on icy areas. Crews in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties primarily focused on clearing interstate routes and major primary routes yesterday. As of today, interstates in these counties, including I-95, I-40 and I-795, are clear. Crews are spreading salt and sand in icy areas and will continue focusing on primary routes throughout the division, followed by secondary roads later today and Friday. Plowing and salting will continue overnight while temperatures allow, and crews will be on standby to address icy spots. With temperatures falling below freezing overnight, motorists are advised to be on alert for possible black ice Friday morning.The division has a total of 206 pieces of equipment being used throughout cleanup to plow roads and spread salt and sand. Additional personnel and 10 trucks also arrived in the division earlier this week from NCDOT county maintenance offices in northwestern North Carolina to assist efforts. As of this morning, the following totals of salt have been used on roads in the division: Edgecombe County - 600 tons of salt Halifax County - 610 tons of salt Johnston County - 1,000 tons of salt Nash County - 450 tons of salt Wayne County - 400 tons of salt Wilson County - 700 tons of saltTo learn more about the order of roads that are cleared and other winter weather response protocols, watch this video.All roads and bridges in the area are open; however, many are still covered with snow and ice. NCDOT reminds motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, NCDOT offers the following safety tips for driving in winter weather: Clear windows and mirrors; Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles; Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary; 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; Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop; If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement in the event of an emergency by dialing 911; and Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.NCDOT has produced several videos explaining how maintenance crews prepare for winter weather months in advance, how they determine when to use salt and sand, and how they decide which roads to clear first. These videos and many others are available on the NCDOT YouTube page.For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit or follow NCDOT on Twitter at Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website. To access it, type "" into the browser of your smartphone. Then, bookmark it to save for future reference. You can also get emergency information from the N.C. Depar


2/15/2018 5:24 PM