CHARLOTTE -Snow is falling and starting to accumulate in Charlotte, and N.C. Department of Transportation crews are continuing a proactive plan to keep roads safe and passable. Since Sunday afternoon, NCDOT has been treating interstates and primary roads in advance of today's weather.
At a press conference this morning, maintenance engineers briefed local media on plans to clear area roads:
At 3 a.m., the department had 69 employees ready to equip 35 state trucks and 3 motorgraders to plow any accumulating snow.
On the interstates, 65 contract trucks, including 15 brine trucks and 10 salt trucks were beginning to stage across Mecklenburg County. Ten additional motorgraders will be on call to help clear the interstates.
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.
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.