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NCDOT Crews in Division 5 Hit the Roads for Winter Weather Preps

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 roads.

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 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.
  • 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.

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM