NC, SC crews prep area roadways ahead of storm

NC, SC crews prep area roadways ahead of storm


by RAD BERKY & Staff

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Posted on February 10, 2014 at 7:48 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 10 at 8:01 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The North Carolina Department of Transportation began treating roadways in and around the Charlotte area in preparation for winter weather forecast to hit the region beginning Tuesday.

Sunday afternoon, 22 trucks began pre-treating I-77, I-85, I-485 and I-277 in Mecklenburg County, as well as I-85 in Cabarrus County, with a brine solution.

All interstate main lines, bridges and overpasses will be treated in Mecklenburg County, in addition to primary routes, NCDOT says.

Operations are expected to be wrapped up by 11 p.m. Sunday.

In the mountain region, NCDOT crews will pre-treat most bare pavement routes with salt brine in Ashe, Avery, Caldwell and Watagua Counties. Bare pavement routes are interstates, four-lane divided primary routes and other primary and secondary routes.

NCDOT crews are prepared to switch from anti-icing operations to snow and ice removal when needed. Officials say equipment and supplies are ready and stocked.

Road crews have been spreading salt brine on main roads in the Upstate of South Carolina in preparation for a winter storm this week.

In the city of Rock Hill, officials have been preparing equipment and getting briefings from the state as they get ready for the storm that is now scheduled to move into the area on Wednesday.

State Department of Transportation trucks have been spreading brine on main roads including I-77.

State DOT crews are expected to start working 12 hour shifts on Wednesday.

At local grocery stores, residents are stocking up on food in case the roads make travel impossible.

One of those shoppers, Warren Barber said, "I live on Route 21 which gets a lot of people who have issues driving on 21."

Barber said he would just stay out of their way and in fact, planned to spend most of the time at home since he is retired.

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.