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NCDOT Crews in Charlotte Region Prepare for Next Round of Winter Weather

CHARLOTTE -As a cold front bears down on the Charlotte area, precipitation is falling as rain and could change to freezing rain by this evening, creating hazardous driving conditions. The N.C. Department of Transportation is planning to treat some bridges and have crews on standby in parts of Division 10 (Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, Union, Anson and Stanly counties).

Pavement temperatures are currently above 65 degrees and may still be above freezing by 5 p.m. Placing salt on the road surface in traffic will create a brine solution, creating a preventive layer between the roadway and frozen precipitation. The department is planning the following:

Mecklenburg County: 30 contract trucks will begin salting interstate bridges at 2 p.m., wrapping up by rush hour. 10 brine trucks will be on standby overnight to monitor conditions and treat problem areas;

Cabarrus County: 11 trucks will begin salting bridges at 1 p.m., finishing before rush hour. Crews will be on standby overnight to monitor conditions;

Union County: No pretreatment is planned. Several salt spreaders will be loaded and personnel will be on standby overnight;

Anson County: No pretreatment is planned. Three salt spreaders will be loaded and crews will be on call to respond to problem areas; and

Stanly County:Several brine trucks will apply solution near the storm's end while temperatures are above freezing, and sixsalt spreaders will be loaded to treat trouble spots overnight.

NCDOT 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 them 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 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 and bookmark it to save for future use.

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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM