- Sunshine and favorable conditions today will help N.C. Department of Transportation
crews continue to clear roads in and around the Triad, including many of the area's secondary roads. Interstates and primary roads are clear in Division 7, which includes Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties. Crews will spend today and Saturday clearing secondary routes in the division and treating any icy patches remaining on the roads. All roads are expected to be plowed by Saturday evening.In Division 9, which includes Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, crews have cleared interstates and primary roads and are now working on secondary roads. Crews will continue clearing the division's secondary routes over the weekend, with all roads expected to be cleared by late Sunday afternoon.NCDOT has had 3,100 employees working around the clock statewide with 1,468 plows and spreaders, 300 graders, and 549 contract trucks and graders. Since Monday, the department has spread 35,969 tons of salt and 13, 616 tons of salt/sand mix. Crews in Division 7 used 5,828 tons of salt to clear roadways of snow and ice. In Division 9, more than 4,775 tons of salt were used. Although road conditions continue to improve, motorists should be aware of the potential for black ice to form, particularly on bridges and overpasses, in shady areas, and in areas where snow and ice have melted and left water on the roadway. The department has produced this video describing how black ice forms and why it can be hazardous for drivers. In addition, NCDOT offers the following tips to help keep motorists safe when traveling through areas with the potential for black ice:
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.Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.
- Slow down;
- Bridges and overpasses freeze first;
- Put down the cell phone and focus on the road;
- Use only gentle pressure on both the accelerator and the brakes to avoid skidding; and
- Give other motorists plenty of room in case you or other drivers begin to slide.