Raleigh - The following are highlights from this week at the N.C. Department of Transportation. The below stories are also featured in our weekly newscast, N.C. Transportation Now, which can be viewed by clicking here.
Winter Weather Response
From the mountains to the coastal plain, NCDOT employees responded in full force to the first significant statewide winter storm of 2016. Highway maintenance crews spread 2.2 million gallons of brine along interstate, U.S. and N.C. routes in advance of the storm to help minimize ice sticking to the pavement. Along the coast, crews also spread salt and sand on area bridges. Once the snow and ice started falling, crews worked in shifts around the clock to plow snow and clear state-maintained roads as quickly as possible. They used salt and sand to help melt the ice on roadways and provide traction. Crews spread more than 69,000 tons of salt and more than 23,000 tons of a salt and sand mixture. Additionally, the NCDOT State Farm Safety Patrol and Division of Motor Vehicles License and Theft Bureau assisted motorists in need.
"This was a storm of statewide significance, and it took a lot of collaboration and teamwork to make sure that we quickly and effectively addressed the affected areas from the mountains to the coast-while still carrying out our other daily responsibilities," said Secretary Nick Tennyson. "Individuals from throughout our department and across all our transportation modes were involved in our storm efforts in some capacity, be it on the front lines or behind the scenes, and I thank each of them for their exceptional service to our state."
Keep Kids and Other Passengers Safe: Remove Bulky Coats Before Buckling Up
NCDOT's Governor's Highway Safety Program wants to remind parents to keep kids and all passengers safe by removing bulky coats before buckling up and hitting the road. Bulky clothing, including winter coats and snowsuits, can compress in a crash and lead to increased risk of injury. When getting ready to hit the road, dress your child in thinner layers and tuck a coat or a blanket around them over the buckled straps if needed. Unless their jacket is no thicker than a fleece, make sure that you take off your child's coat prior to buckling them in. The same advice holds true for adults.
For more information on N.C. Transportation Now, contact the NCDOT Communications Office at (919) 707-2660. Additional news stories from throughout the week can be found on NCDOT's online newsroom.