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NCDOT Crews Preparing for Possibility of Winter Weather

Editor's Note: NCDOT will be available to discuss winter weather preparations for its Divisions 10 and 12, which include the Charlotte region and the Foothills. Media interested in an on-camera interview should be at7605 District Drive in Charlotte at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 15.Please note that this will be the only time on-camera interviews are available today, unless the forecast or NCDOT storm response changes substantially. On-camera interviews will not be available this weekend. Attached to this news release is a handout answering frequently asked questions about NCDOT's winter weather response.

Charlotte - With the possibility of snow and ice in the forecast, crews with the N.C. Department of Transportation are preparing to begin anti-icing treatments on some of the region's bridges and overpasses.

Beginning tomorrow, NCDOT staff in Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, will place brine on bridges and overpasses on the division's major highways. This includes bridges and overpasses on U.S. 74, U.S. 321, N.C. 16 and other high-volume highways.

NCDOT proactively treats bridges and overpasses in advance of a winter storm because those elevated structures freeze first during periods of cold and inclement weather. Non-elevated roads have some insulation from the ground, which delays freezing.

Crews won't be brining today because of rain in the forecast. Rain dilutes the salt-and-water solution and washes it off the road.

In Division 10, which includes Anson, Cabarrus, Mecklenburg, Stanly and Union counties, the current forecast doesn't necessitate brining operations. NCDOT crews in both Division 10 and 12 will continue to monitor the forecast and will change or update winter weather response as needed. Additional information about severe weather and safety tips for motorists is available on NCDOT's website.

For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of or follow NCDOT on Twitter.


2/19/2018 7:49 AM