NCDOT crews clear sand, snow from roads

Posted at 6:54 AM, Jan 29, 2014
and last updated 2014-01-29 08:34:41-05

Jennifer Garifo of NCDOT says in Northeastern North Carolina, snow is still coming down - and crews were out all night clearing roads.

NCDOT crews will be out in full force all day long on Wednesday.

What are the conditions on NC Highway 12? Sleet, ice and snow are covering NC 12, and it's very windy, Garifo says. Crews are clearing sand and snow from the roadway. The road is open, but down to one lane in some areas. Crews will be clearing the road all day. If you have to go out, please be careful on the icy roads, NCDOT says.

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NCDOT maintenance crews have been working all night to clear roads in the 14 counties making up NCDOT’s Division One in northeastern North Carolina.

Crews will be out in full force today plowing roads and spreading salt and sand in this region, which includes Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington counties.

Tuesday night, 20 trucks and additional personnel from NCDOT county maintenance offices in the Triad and western Piedmont arrived to assist the 90 trucks already stationed in Division One. Crews will be working on N.C. and U.S. routes, as well as major secondary roads.

All roads and bridges in the area are open; however, most are covered with snow and ice as precipitation continues to fall this morning. High winds on N.C. 12 in Dare County have blown sand on the road throughout the night. Crews have been clearing sand and precipitation all night and the road is open; however, it may be down to one lane in some locations.

NCDOT reminds motorists not to drive unless absolutely necessary. If you must drive, NCDOT offers the following safety tips for driving in winter weather:

• Clear windows and mirrors;
• Reduce speed and leave plenty of room between you and other vehicles;
• Approach bridges and overpasses with extreme caution and do not apply your brakes while on a bridge unless necessary;
• If you begin to slide, take your foot off the gas and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. Do not apply the brakes as that will cause further loss of control of the car;
• Come to a complete stop or yield the right of way when approaching an intersection in case any vehicles coming from other directions lose control of their vehicles while trying to stop;
• If you have a cellular phone, take it with you. You can contact the Highway Patrol statewide by calling *HP (*47) or call law enforcement in the event of an emergency by dialing 911; and
• Travelers are asked NOT to call 911 or the State Highway Patrol for road conditions. The lines must remain clear for emergency calls.