Published: 2015-01-13 22:56:00
Updated: 2015-01-14 03:43:47
Posted January 13, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
Raleigh, N.C. — Wade Avenue was blocked in both directions at Interstate 440 Tuesday night after a truck hit a power pole, causing power lines to fall across the roadway.
Officials have not said if the accident was caused by icy roads.
Light rain fell across central North Carolina as crews were ready for possible icy roads overnight.
In Raleigh, 13 trucks filled with salt material were on standby as crews are waiting for a little precipitation before hitting the roads.
“What we want to see is a little bit of rain to fall and a little bit of moisture on the surface that we want to actually put the salt on so that way the salt will start melting and it will stick so it won't get kicked off by the cars,” said Steve Halsey with Raleigh Transportation Field Services.
The top priority for Raleigh crews will be bridges, which tend to freeze first.
Cary has 800 tons of pure salt and 2,500 tons of salt/sand mix to keep the town's 723 linear miles of streets clear.
“We’re continuing to monitor conditions but so far there haven’t been any changes," said Scott Hecht, Cary's public works director. "The road temperatures are still above freezing and nothing frozen has fallen from the sky. The team is here and ready for whatever mother nature decides to cook up tonight.”
Crews in Rocky Mount spent part of the day spreading about 3,000 gallons of brine on city streets, including on U.S. Highway 64, U.S. Highway 264 and Interstate 95, roads that were also treated by the state Department of Transportation.
If a motorist sees a driver spin-out on ice, they should help them – but only if the driver is in harm’s way, said Jonathan Boone, Rocky Mount Public Works & Water Resources Director.
"But otherwise, what I would do is just keep moving, call 911, make them aware of the location and let our police department respond to it,” he said. “Otherwise you could make a bad situation worse. a pileup. right."
DOT crews spread brine along Interstate 95 from Benson to the South Carolina border.
The following routes will be delayed Wednesday morning:
First, don't go out unless you absolutely have to. If you must, slow down and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Do not use cruise control, and drive smoothly without sudden accelerating, braking or turning.
A slide or skid can be unnerving. Keep these maneuvers in mind when driving; better yet, practice in an empty parking lot before you have to use them. Use the same maneuver for front-wheel, rear-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles. In all cases: