State, Local Road Crews Prepare For Winter Storm


by Audrina Bigos

 CHARLOTTE, NC - Local and state transportation officials are preparing for winter storm moving in Tuesday.

A Charlotte Department of Transportation spokesperson said Monday that 12 trucks will be on the roads applying a brine solution starting at midnight. CDOT will operate a full fleet of 32 trucks around the clock beginning 7a.m. Tuesday.

With a winter storm watch in effect until 7a.m. Thursday, North Carolina Department of Transportation crews in the Charlotte area have already taken steps to treat local roadways.On Sunday, 10 state trucks and 15 contract trucks spread more than 70,000 gallons of brine solution on I-77, I-85, I-485, and I-277, as well as I-85 in Cabarrus County. 

Crews also have focused on treating bridges, overpasses and primary routes. 
“I just hope they're equipped to handle what's coming!" said Christy Snow, a NoDa Resident.
NCDOT crews will also be back out treating roads beginning on Tuesday at 4a.m.
An NCDOT spokesperson says workers have already spread brine on most interstates and major highways.
Depending on how bad the storm gets in Charlotte,  NCDOT will bring in additional crews from outside of Charlotte. The state and city also have contractors on standby if they need help.
"What I know of Charlotte after living here for 18 years is its difficult to drive when there's a little sprinkle of snow, so 4-6 inches makes me want to stay in!" said Snow.
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