Charlotte - N.C. Department of Transportation crews in the Foothills are prepared for the possible winter weather currently threatening the region.
NCDOT and its contract crews will begin reporting tonight to start snow and ice removal efforts as the approaching winter storm necessitates. Whether the precipitation arrives as rain, freezing rain, snow, or a combination of all three, NCDOT is prepared to respond as needed. Crew members will work 12-hour alternating shifts until the storm has passed and roads are clear.
In NCDOT's Division 12, which includes Alexander, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell and Lincoln counties, crews worked yesterday to brine the region's primary routes, which include interstates, U.S. and N.C. routes and other major roads needed for emergency services. Brine helps to lower the freezing point of water and to prevent ice from bonding to the pavement.
Crews will focus initial snow and ice removal efforts on primary routes in Division 12, once the storm hits. Division wide, this amounts to roughly 2,500 lane miles that will need clearing by NCDOT crews. To help with this response, contract trucks across the region will be available to work together with NCDOT.
The Department asks that motorists avoid travel, if possible. If travel is absolutely necessary, slow down, increase following distance and use extreme caution, especially on bridges and overpasses. Motorists are encouraged to "know before you go" by checking traffic alerts and updates at tims.ncdot.gov/tims. Additional safety tips are available on NCDOT's website.
For real-time travel information, call 511, visit the Traveler Services section of NCDOT.gov or follow NCDOT on Twitter.