Winter Weather Wreaked Havoc On Charlotte Roads
CHARLOTTE, NC - The winter weather wreaked havoc on Charlotte roads.
Across the city Wednesday night, people were pushing cars stuck on major interstates. Roads were coated with a thick layer of snow and ice.
"It's thick and icy out here, that's for sure," said William Bodenhammer, a Dilworth resident.
Some drivers were forced leave their cars and walk home.
"Pulled in and parked, and that's where it's going to stay for a couple of nights," said Alex Mattar, a Plaza Midwood resident.
Interstates and highways, usually gridlocked at rush hour, were shut down.
"We did expect for them to clear the roads a little bit and put more salt on it with our tax dollars, but didn't happen like that!" said Michael Moore, a West Charlotte resident.
At one point, the city was at a stand-still after crews shut down East Independence, both directions of I-277 and the flyover ramp from I-77 south to I-485 Outer.
"We actually expected it to be a lot clearer. We figured they would clear the roads a lot better," said Moore.
Into the night, major highways and interstates like I-77, I-85. and Independence Boulevard were still covered in sheets of ice and snow.
Hundreds of cars were towed Wednesday, but are others were still stranded Wednesday night.
State and local crews are working around the clock through the storm.
NCDOT has a full force of 69 employees and more than 100 trucks on the road until the storm ends.