DOT crews prep roads ahead of storm

DOT crews prep roads ahead of storm

North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are pre-treating area roads ahead of Tuesday's snow storm.

Trucks spray brine, a saltwater mixture, on the roads.

The water evaporates and the remaining salt works to keep the snow from sticking to the roads, according to DOT Maintenance Engineer Gordy Eure, who works in Craven and Pamlico counties.

If the snow is not stuck to the roads, DOT plows can easily push it off the roadways, Eure said.

Even so, he has plain advice for drivers.

"Do not drive unless you absolutely have to," Eure said.

And New Bern driver Eric Oden is heeding that advice.

"Accidents are going to occur if people get out, knowing they don't need to be out at all," Oden said.

Oden plans to stay off the roadways once the snow begins to fall.

A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect for much of eastern North Carolina beginning at 10 a.m. Tuesday, and will go through 4 p.m. Wednesday.

DOT's priority for brine pre-treatment is highways (think 70, 17), then secondary roads, then subdivisions, Eure said.

Once the snow begins to fall, DOT trucks will begin to spread salt to further melt the precipitation, Eure said.

The New Bern office is bringing in extra drivers for the storm.

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