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NCDOT Crews East of the Triangle Clear Major Roads Overnight -Focusing on Secondary Roads

Crews on Standby to Clear Roads Following any Additional Accumulation TodayRALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews in the six counties east of the Triangle that make up Division Four are continuing efforts to clear roads today.Crews in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties worked throughout the night to plow and clear interstates, N.C. and U.S routes in the region. These roads were cleared earlier today with the exception of some small patchy areas on N.C. and U.S. routes that are being addressed as needed. As the day goes on, crews will focus their efforts on major secondary roads before snow begins to fall again in the region. In addition to clearing secondary roads, crews will be on standby throughout the division to clear roads following any additional winter weather that hits this afternoon.The following amounts of salt were available in the division as of this morning:
  • Edgecombe County -200 tons
  • Halifax County -350 tons
  • Johnston County -500 tons
  • Nash County -500 tons
  • Wayne County -450 tons
  • Wilson County -250 tons
Depending on the amount of precipitation that falls in the region this afternoon, a crew from the division may be sent to the Triangle Friday morning to assist with snow removal. The division will analyze current resources and man power at that time before deciding to transfer crews.A video about NCDOT's statewide preparations for this storm can be found here. NCDOT has produced several other videos showing how maintenance crews 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. Motorists are reminded that even a 1/4 inch of ice can bring down trees and power lines, blocking roadways. Drivers who encounter downed power lines should not try to drive over them because of the extreme danger. Instead, call 911 for assistance.DOT and utility crews have to clear debris from the road to allow access to the power lines, which could delay road clearing in some areas.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; and
  • 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. Please do not call 911 to check on road conditions. That line must be kept open for emergencies.
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. You can also get emergency info

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM