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DOT Crews Get Ready For Winter Storm

By: Bill Wilson
By: Bill Wilson

The State Department of Transportation says it's preparing for the possible winter storm.

The DOT says it is already pre-treating major routes with a special salt and water solution. The brine sticks to the roads and keep ice from bonding to the surface during the first few hours of the storm.

Maintenance crews then apply salt to the roads as precipitation starts to accumulate. The state has 150,000 tons of salt in storage across the state.

The DOT says it prioritizes which roads are treated first. They hit the interstates and other multi-lane highways before moving onto secondary routes.

Here are a few precautions when driving this weekend if it snows:

*Clear windows and mirrors;
'*Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles;
*Bridges and overpasses accumulate ice first. Approach them with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on the bridge;
*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 where traffic lights are out. Treat this scenario as a four-way stop; and
*If you have a cellular phone, take it with you; you can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling HP (*47) or call the county emergency center by dialing 911.

For real-time information on road conditions, visit www.ncdot.org and click on "Travel Information" or call 511, the state's toll-free travel information line.


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