• 52°

State getting ready for winter

RALEIGH — The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is preparing for what forecasters predict will be a cooler and wetter season.

“Icy and snowy roads can create dangerous driving situations for motorists,” Transportation Secretary Lyndo Tippett said. “Keeping North Carolina’s roadways safe is one of our top priorities and we use a number of methods, from pretreating roads with an anti-icing agent to clearing and salting them, to help our citizens travel safely.”

Anti-icing is a process in which a chemical treatment is sprayed on roadways up to 48 hours before winter precipitation. The anti-icing agent coats the roadways and prevents ice and snow from bonding to the surface. Use of the agent is a preventive measure that saves time and allows the department to allocate its resources more efficiently.

For information on winter weather preparedness, visit www.ReadyNC.org.

In addition to preventive treatments, NCDOT is ready to use salt to treat roadways after precipitation has accumulated. The department is able to store more than 150,000 tons of salt and uses between 50,000 and 60,000 tons during a typical winter.

NCDOT has more than 3,100 pieces of equipment and more than 6,000 employees available to clear state-maintained roadways. The department’s array of snow and ice clearing equipment includes more than 2,500 trucks equipped with plows and spreaders, 632 front-end loaders and backhoes, 650 motor graders and five snow blowers.

The agency gives first priority to clearing interstates and four-lane divided primary routes that are essential to the movement of intrastate and regional traffic. After these roads are clear, priority moves to clearing lower volume primary roads and other secondary routes.

The complete snow clearing policy can be found at: http://www.ncdot.org/doh/operations/dp_chief_eng/maintenance/road_main/Roads/snowcler.html.


Comments closed.


City gives away nearly 100 trees during ‘We Dig Salisbury’ event


Political Notebook: Bitzer expects most ‘Trump-like’ candidate to be favorite in state’s Senate race


Blotter: Concord man arrested in Rowan for indecent liberties with children


Half of US adults have received at least one COVID-19 shot


Police: FedEx shooter legally bought guns used in shooting


Hester Ford, oldest living American, dies at 115 … or 116?


Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in North Carolina


Kannapolis Police searching for suspect who fled scene of homicide


RSS superintendent talks district’s future, strategic plan survey


Complaints and fines pile up against unpermitted landfill in southwest Rowan County


Catawba baseball: Crowd comes out to say goodbye to Newman Park


History is a great teacher: Farming has helped shape Rowan County


‘A safe place for them’: Timeless Wigs and Marvelous Things celebrates fifth anniversary

China Grove

County will hear request for more tree houses, hobbit-style homes in China Grove


Livingstone College partners with Health Department to administer 500 Pfizer vaccinations


‘Elite and it shows’: Staff at Partners in Learning at Novant celebrate news of national accreditation


Biz Roundup: Food Lion earns Energy Star award for 20th consecutive year


Ester Marsh: What body type are you?


The queen says goodbye to Philip, continues her reign alone


Worldwide COVID-19 death toll tops a staggering 3 million


US, China agree to cooperate on climate crisis with urgency


Sikh community calls for gun reforms after FedEx shooting

High School

North Rowan romps into second round of football playoffs


FBI had interviewed former FedEx employee who killed eight