DOT Pretreating Eastern Carolina Roads In Advance Of Possible Snow

State Highway crews here in Eastern Carolina will begin pre-treating major highways in anticipation of possible snow Christmas night.

Crews will spray salt brine on roads in Martin, Bertie, Hertford and Northampton counties, as well as major roads east of the Chowan River on Thursday.

The DOT says while maintenance workers in the area are not scheduled to work Christmas Eve--which is a state holiday--they will be on standby to respond to winter weather on Christmas Day.

Salt brine helps keep ice from bonding to the pavement and the DOT reminds drivers to leave plenty of distance between their vehicles and the yellow trucks spraying salt brine on the roads.


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  • by a little bit of sense Location: hollywood on Dec 26, 2010 at 03:21 AM
    To what am i riding in,SALT WATER,no magnesium or calcium chloride
  • by what am i riding in Location: va on Dec 24, 2010 at 12:42 PM
    I like to know how much of a hazzard magnesium-chloride and calcium-chloride is to me riding my bike through that stuff where is the msds sheet whats the hazzard wont know until my face melts off
  • by Really? Location: DC on Dec 24, 2010 at 11:11 AM
    @ Amazed on Dec 24, 2010 at 01:26 PM: Actually, before we got our 2 inches 2 weeks ago, the interstates (specifically the capital beltway) had been treated in Maryland for about a week. VA did not treat until a day before the storm though. As long as you don't have any liquid hitting the road prior to the arrival of frozen precip, brine solution will not wash away. Now putting down actual salt is dumb unless it is right before the storm when cars will not send it flying off the road. Last night, I-95 from VA line and 64 from Rocky Mt. to Bethel were already treated.
  • by Amazed on Dec 24, 2010 at 10:26 AM
    You won't ever see this nonsense happening in Boston, NY, Philly, or D.C.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 24, 2010 at 08:30 AM
    Hey dude if you don't think it is right move back up north it is we use the same things as those people up there
  • by Z-Man on Dec 23, 2010 at 03:48 PM
    If you think this is a waste of tax dollars, just wait until the effects of treating dry roads occur. All of these roads are going to need patched or paved because you people down here don't know what you are doing.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 23, 2010 at 02:34 PM
    The car wash businesses thanks the DOT. Merry Christmas.
  • by Weatherman on Dec 23, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    Why would you want salt 3 days before the "storm"? That's why they use brine...even up north. I still think they should fire whomever is in charge of this for Craven county.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 23, 2010 at 01:34 PM
    REAL SMART DOT. The possibility of snow is not until Saturday or Saturday night, and you are PRETREATING the roads on THURSDAY?????? HOW STUPID?? Not to mention a complete waste of tax money. Don't you remember last week when you said ON TV, that if the snow starts as rain, it will wash the salt brine OFF the roads???? Why not wait until it actually stars snowing? Oops! My bad. You don't work on Saturday's. That's overtime and the state wants to CUT spending. So I guess it all evens out. Waste our tax dollars three days before the snow, then call out the troops when it starts to snow, to plow the roads. Burning up those tax dollars twice as fast, huh???
  • by Taxed? on Dec 23, 2010 at 12:52 PM
    Hardly taxed as high as them. Have you seen property taxes up north?
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