Efforts To Treat Roads Continue, DOT Shifting Crews To The East

The Department of Transportation is bringing in reinforcements to Eastern Carolina.

Some 54 trucks are being moved from the mountains and the Triad areas of the state to the east.

Those extra crews will be brought in to help plow snow-covered roads, and spread salt and sand as the wintry hits.

Department of Transportation crews across Eastern Carolina are busy pre-treating highways in advance of possible snow Tuesday and Wednesday. They have more than 100 plows and graders to clear roads, if necessary.

In many counties, crews have been out putting down salt brine on primary routes.

The DOT says by putting down the brine on Monday, the salt will have more time to adhere to the roads. We found a truck with a huge tank of brine and a spreader on the back treating Highway 11 in Lenoir County around 8 a.m. Many main roads and larger secondary roads in Kinston were already treated at that time.

Once the snow starts to accumulate, the DOT says its crews will be back out on the roads to plow, if necessary, and put down salt and sand where needed.

We called to local DOT offices, and found that there are more than 100 snow plows available to help get rid of the snow.

According to the DOT, here are the number of snow plows or graders in the following Eastern Carolina counties:

Beaufort County - 10
Carteret County - 10
Craven County - 11
Duplin County - 12
Greene County - 8
Jones County - 6
Lenoir County - 12
Martin County - 11
Onslow County - 11
Pamlico County - 5
Pitt County - 10