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NCDOT Crews Working to Clear Triad Roads of Snow and Ice

RALEIGH -N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews have been working around the clock to clear roads in the Triad and surrounding areas after yesterday's winter storm dropped up to 3 inches of snow throughout the region. Throughout the morning, crews have been plowing and salting interstate and primary routes and are now plowing secondary routes. While NCDOT expects to be able to reach all secondary routes at least once today, it is likely that some roads will remain partially covered with snow or ice until temperatures rise above freezing on Thursday.Since winter weather preparations began earlier this week, NCDOT's Division Seven, which includes Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties, has used 228 NCDOT employees, 163 trucks and 29 motor graders to brine, plow and salt roadways throughout the area. More than 4,000 tons of salt have been used during anti- and de-icing operations. In Division Nine, which includes Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Rowan and Stokes counties, 152 NCDOT employees, 93 trucks and 12 motor graders have been utilized for storm preparation and response operations. Crews have treated roadways with 3,330 tons of salt and 100 tons of a sand/salt combination over the course of the winter storm.The area's interstates and heavily-traveled primary routes are now passable and most major roadways are expected to be cleared of accumulated snow by the end of the day. However, motorists should be aware of the potential for black ice to form overnight tonight and into Thursday morning, particularly in areas where the sun has helped the snow begin to melt. NCDOT reminds motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, consider 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. In the event of an emergency, you can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement by dialing 911. Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions, as the lines must remain clear for emergency calls.
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. 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 Goo

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM

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