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NCDOT Crews in the Triad Responding to Latest Winter Storm

RALEIGH - N.C. Department of Transportation maintenance crews are working to clear snow, ice and downed trees from roads after a late-winter storm brought gusty winds and a wintry mix of snow, sleet, freezing rain to the Triad overnight and through the morning. Numerous roads are closed across the Piedmont, blocked by downed trees and power lines, and travel is treacherous.NCDOT 's Division 7, which includes Alamance, Caswell, Guilford, Orange and Rockingham counties, has received several inches of sleet and snow, with some parts of Rockingham County receiving as much as 6 inches of snow. Freezing rain has resulted in significant icing throughout the division, and crews are responding to many reports of downed trees and limbs on roadways, particularly in Alamance, Guilford and Orange counties. Most interstates and primary routes in the region are passable, but secondary roads are partially covered with snow and ice. Crews will continue to work today to first remove fallen trees and then plow roads, beginning with interstates, four-lane divided highways and other primary routes. They will progress to secondary routes as soon as possible. Division Seven has used more than 2,500 tons of salt and 189 NCDOT employees, 157 trucks and 13 motor graders to respond to the latest round of winter weather. Conditions across Division 9 vary from county to county, with the northern counties receiving the most snow and sleet and counties to the south seeing more freezing rain, ice and downed trees. Crews in Stokes and Forsyth counties are working to clear 2-4 inches of snow and sleet from interstates and primary routes. Primary routes are passable in Davie, Davidson and Rowan counties, which received up to 2 inches of a slushy sleet mix. Crews in those counties are focused on removing downed trees and limbs, and are clearing roads as needed. In Division 9, nearly 100 NCDOT employees have operated 72 trucks and 4 motor graders and utilized 300 tons of salt to treat roadway over the course of the winter storm.Precipitation in and around the Triad is expected to change to rain this afternoon as temperatures climb a few degrees above freezing. While these improving conditions will help crews as they continue their snow-clearing and tree-removing efforts across the region, motorists are encouraged to stay off the roads unless travel is absolutely necessary.Motorists are reminded that even a 1/4 inch of ice can bring down trees and power lines, blocking roadways. Drivers who encounter downed power lines should not try to drive over them because of the extreme danger. Instead, call 911 for assistance.In addition, some road clearing may be delayed due to the danger associated with downed power lines. When a road is blocked by downed trees and power lines, utility crews must de-energize the power lines before NCDOT crews can begin clearing debris from the roadway. NCDOT offers the following safety tips for driving in winter weather:
  • Clear windows and mirrors before driving;
  • Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles in case either vehicle goes into a skid;
  • Plan for significant additional travel time to reach your destination.
  • Approach bridges and overpasses them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge or ramp 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 also trying to stop; and
  • If you have a cell phone, take

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2/15/2018 5:24 PM