Raleigh -With another round of winter
weather on its way to North Carolina, NCDOT maintenance crews from Division 5 is
spending all day today spreading brining solution on interstate travel lanes,
bridges and ramps, as well as other primary roads. Wake, Durham, Warren,
Franklin, Vance, Granville and Person counties make up Division 5.
The brine solution, which is mixed on site in each county,
is a 23 percent salt solution that once the water dries, leaves a salt layer on
the road surface. It helps prevent ice and snow from sticking to the roads.
That makes travel safer for motorists, and also helps DOT crews clear the
Because the forecast indicates a chance of icy
precipitation, once the winter weather passes and cleanup begins, crews are
expected to rely on a salt-sand mixture to help contend with ice. Unlike snow,
which can be pushed aside by DOT crews, snow plows tend to glide across icy
surfaces, making them more difficult to clear. Sand helps break up ice. That in
turn makes it more susceptible to melting because of the salt.The Division has more than 6,400 tons of salt ready for this week's weather.
NCDOT has produced several videos showing how maintenance
crews they 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.
A reminder to motorists that if there is significant ice,
there is a chance that trees and power lines will fall across roadways, adding
to dangerous conditions. Motorists who come across such incidents should notify
law enforcement, and not try to clear the roads themselves. DOT and utility
crews will remove fallen trees and power lines before maintenance crews proceed
with snow and ice removal.
NCDOT offers the following safety tips for driving in
windows and mirrors;
speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles;
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.
- 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.