DOT spreading brine
N.C. Department of Transportation Division 9 maintenance crews are preparing for winter weather forecasted to begin on Friday.
A salt brine solution is being put on interstates and primary roads today in Rowan, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth and Stokes counties.
The salt brine pre-treats road surfaces by sticking to pavement and keeping ice from bonding to the roadway during the first few hours of winter weather.
In addition to NCDOT maintenance crews keeping roads clear and safe for travel, snow removal contractors will be on standby to assist when snow begins on Friday.
The department prioritizes which roads are cleared first, focusing on strategic corridors such as interstates and other multi-lane primary routes that are essential to the movement of intrastate and regional traffic.
NCDOT then works to clear lower-volume primary roads and secondary roads, and then subdivision streets.
There are several ways for citizens to find out about road conditions. Travelers can call 511, the state’s toll-free travel information line, or visit the NCDOT Traveler Information Web site at www.ncdot.gov/traffictravel.
NCDOT also offers travel information on Twitter, a free social-networking Web site. Citizens can get brief updates, or “tweets,” for 16 different routes or regions of the state by signing up at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter.