RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews throughout the southern counties of North Carolina are ready for the impending winter weather.
Yesterday, maintenance crews in NCDOT's Division Six, which includes Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Harnett and Roberson counties 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.
Available NCDOT crews and trucks from western N.C. are currently en route to the eastern part of the state to help plow snow-covered roads and spread salt and sand once the wintry weather hits.
IMAP trucks from the Triad, Triangle and Charlotte will also be dispatched along the entire stretch of Interstate 95 during the weather event to assist motorists and help law enforcement keep the interstates clear.
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.
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.
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.