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DOT crews prepare for wintry mix

By Jamie Hicks
Published On: Jan 21 2014 06:38:10 PM CST

The threat of winter weather has North Carolina Department of Transportation crews scrambling to keep our roads and bridges safe. 

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY -

The threat of winter weather has North Carolina Department of Transportation crews scrambling to keep our roads and bridges safe.   

DOT officials said around 7pm Tuesday night they began salting bridges and roadways in our area.

“We going to start pre-treating our primary roads, US 70, US17, all NC routes getting those bridges first with granulated salt," DOT Maintenance Engineer Gordy Eure said.

Eure said their biggest safety concern is people driving on the roads. He said Tuesday night DOT trucks began layering areas with salt, instead of brine, which is a mix of salt and water.

"The storm is predicted to come in as rain first, so the thought is if we used brine, the rain would wash that brine away," he explained.

Eure tells NewsChannel 12 they will have a DOT truck at the end of each bypass to make sure if a black, slick spot appears in the road, they will be able to get to it before it's too late.

Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Davis said their main concern is speed. He said they can’t stress safety enough when is coming to driving on the roads. He said if you have to drive, give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

"Seatbelt use is number one. If you're going to be driving be sure to increase your following distance with the adverse conditions coming this evening," Davis said.

DOT officials said if you feel your car is losing control, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide.

 

"You don't want to stand on the breaks. Try to come to a control stop and just be aware of your surroundings," Davis explained.