RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews throughout the Sandhills are ready for the impending winter weather.
Maintenance crews in NCDOT's Division Eight, which includes Chatham, Hoke, Lee, Montgomery, Moore, Randolph, Richmond and Scotland counties on Monday placed salt brine on all primary routes.
Salt brine is a water and salt solution that is 23 percent salt and helps keep ice from bonding to the pavement. By putting down the brine yesterday, the salt had more time to adhere to the roads, providing better protection from snow and ice.
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.
Motorists are encouraged to use extreme caution and remember these safety tips: 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.
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. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website.
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.