RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation
maintenance crews in the six counties making up NCDOT's Division Four are ready and on standby to address winter weather anticipated to hit the area later today.Crews in Edgecombe, Halifax, Johnston, Nash, Wayne and Wilson counties spread salt brine earlier this week on interstates, N.C. and U.S. routes, as well as major secondary roads throughout the region. Salt brine is a mix of salt and water used to prevent ice from forming and adhering to road surfaces. Crews were spreading additional salt brine on areas throughout the division today, including along I-95, to make sure that all roads are sufficiently treated.Because ice is forecasted for this storm in addition to snow, crews have also been preparing equipment to clear any debris from roadways. All six counties in Division Four have received salt since the last winter weather event and are in good shape for this storm. Should resources begin to run low, division personnel will coordinate with other NCDOT divisions to bring in materials from areas less impacted from the storm. The following is a breakdown by county of the gallons of salt brine placed in advance of this storm: Edgecombe -10,000 gallons Halifax -82,400 gallons Johnston -135,000 gallons Nash -108,800 gallons Wayne -35,000 gallons Wilson -75,000 gallonsNCDOT 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. But please don't 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 information from the N.C. Department of Public Safety at http://readync.org, and download the ReadyNC app to help you prepare for everything from road conditions to severe storms on a daily basis. It is available for free in the AppStore for iPhones and Google Play for Android devices.
Winter weather preps in Johnston County