Icy roads almost clear in Lenoir County

Icy roads almost clear in Lenoir County

NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - Roadways in other parts of our area are starting to get back to normal.

The Department of Transportation in Lenoir County has almost completely cleared the main roads.

"We were serious about it. We knew by what the weather forecast was going to be, but we didn't expect ice and sleet," DOT Road Maintenance Supervisor Brian Harper said.

Harper said when they first heard that snow was coming, they made a plan.

"We came in Monday morning put all of our equipment on started pre-treating up until it actually started. Then we went from anti-icing mode to de-icing mode," he explained.

Harper said places like Highway 70 in Kinston were treated with salt solution more than four times. 

"We took all the precautions necessary. We used as much salt and brine we could to get down on those roads," Kinston City Manager Tony Sears said.

He said thanks to the dedicated transportation workers they are starting to get back to normal.

"We really put a lot of thought into where people are and where they're trying to go. We want to make sure our citizens have access to all the basic necessities and get out to restaurants, gas stations and grocery stores," Sears said.

Harper said 14 DOT trucks from Sylva, in the mountains of North Carolina, came to Lenoir County to help clear the roadways.

"It takes time to do it and you just have to get out here and everybody works their area to get the job done," He said.

First thing Friday morning Harper said they plan to start working on all of the secondary roads in the area to make them just as clear for drivers.

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