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NCDOT Division 5 Counties Sharing Crews to Assist on Cleanup of Latest Round of Winter Weather

Raleigh -NCDOT crews in Division 5 are working on clearing roads of slush and snow and fallen trees in several counties. The hardest hit areas have been Person County and northern Durham County.

Crews and trucks from Wake County have gone into Person County to help clear about three inches of slush on roads and a number of trees that have fallen across roadways.

In Durham County, fallen trees are the biggest problem and DOT crews based there are focusing on cutting up and moving them off roads.

Granville County also has tree, snow and slush-covered roads to address and is being assisted by DOT crews from Vance and Franklin counties.

Having temperatures stay above freezing is a big help in road clearing efforts as piles of slush on roadways are easy to clear with snowplows.

DOT crews throughout the Division were on alert overnight for this latest batch of winter weather, with trucks loaded with salt and sand ready to hit slippery spots, including 10 in Wake County and 15 in Durham County.

In the northern counties of Vance and Warren, where the precipitation was expected to come in as snow and/or frozen rain, crews were able to put salt brine down on bridges and overpasses Thursday to help lessen the impact of the bad weather.

In other areas, such as Wake and Durham counties, where forecasts called for rain initially brining was not an option.

In areas where slush, snow and trees are still on roadways, NCDOT urges drivers to be very cautious:

  • Clear windows and mirrors of ice 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 come across a downed power line, do not attempt to drive over it or move it. Instead contact law enforcement at 911. But please don't call 911 to check on road conditions. That line is for emergencies only.

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