McCrory urges caution as crews work to clear secondary roads

Posted January 29, 2014
Updated January 30, 2014

— As crews continued to remove snow and ice from roads across central and eastern North Carolina Thursday, Gov. Pat McCrory urged drivers to remain cautious.

"Now's not the time to be stupid," McCrory said during a news conference. "Remain smart and vigilant about the safety of the roads."

Many secondary roads across the Triangle continued to be covered in the snow and ice left behind by Tuesday's winter storm, officials said, and icy conditions were especially evident in southeastern North Carolina.

"Our crews are working on some of the primary routes throughout the county," Wake County maintenance engineer Jason Holmes said. "Once those are cleared up, we'll move to secondary roads. We're applying salt as needed, trying to free up some of the hard-pack conditions we're seeing in part of the county."

More than 2,100 state Department of Transportation plows and trucks – along with numerous contractors – were working across the state, Transportation Secretary Tony Tata said. Since snow started falling late Tuesday, crews had spread more than 55,000 tons of salt and a salt-sand mix on state highways, he said.

Travel remains "a little dicey" in the Wilmington area, Tata said, but crews were working to clear Interstate 40 and U.S. Highway 17 by Thursday evening.

"There's a thick layer of ice that fell there," he said.

Like McCrory, he asked drivers to remain cautious, especially when sharing the road with DOT vehicles.

In Fayetteville, crews were monitoring shaded streets, which also remained covered in ice.

"I've seen people drive here too fast," said Josh Brandon, who lives in a hilly section of the city behind the Eutaw Shopping Center. "They're coming down this hill driving too fast. They don't slow down."

Brandon said he's seen drivers skidding and getting stuck trying to get up the hill, adding that he hasn't seen a plow in the area or any salt or sand trucks.

Fayetteville officials said there were only minor fender-benders and no major power outages in the city during the storm.

No major wrecks were reported in Wake County Thursday, but many drivers were forced to take it easy, especially on two-lane roads in the southern and eastern parts of the county. Holmes said the roads were worse in those areas because they saw a bit more snow from Tuesday's storm.

Authorities in Holly Springs closed Rouse Road between Oliver Creek Parkway and Powell Ridge Road due to ice covering a bridge. U.S. Highway 70 Business in Garner was also a problem spot Thursday morning.

The North Carolina State Highway Patrol had handled more than 5,000 calls between Tuesday night and Thursday afternoon, including more than 3,100 accidents, Secretary of Public Safety Frank Perry said. The call volume was about 20 percent higher than normal, he said, noting that people exercised enough caution on the roads to keep the volume from going even higher.


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  • Rebelyell55 Jan 31, 2014

    Well they saved a little money, ain't see no snow plow or sand truck on the back roads around here. But, everyone knew it would be melted by Friday afternoon. Just got to show a little patiences.

  • beaupeep Jan 31, 2014

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    No, we won't. Just accept that we are untrainable in the ways of the great North and move back from whence you came. Spout off to all your new neighbors how ignorant and untrainable we are.

  • BadDayforButch Jan 30, 2014

    I have never heard so much whining about the roads as I have with this little storm. I remember back in '95 or '96 I lived in Garner and we had a big snowstorm. I think schools stayed closed for almost 2 weeks. I never remember a plow even coming down the street I lived on. One old timer that lived nearby said "God put it here and God will take it away" It eventually melted and life resumed as normal. If you want efficient snow removal go back up north.

  • Super Hans Jan 30, 2014

    All this whining about the roads. When we were young, icy roads meant time to get out and have some fun.

  • Super Hans Jan 30, 2014

    Thanks for the heads up, Pat.

  • happygirl14 Jan 30, 2014

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    Morrisville Parkway and 55 towards Apex there were a few slick spots. Luckily there wasn't much traffic so it wasn't bad. Just stay alert and cautious and we will be fine. Plus it will be gone by the weekend.

  • teddymac12 Jan 30, 2014

    The NC DOT did their part with the major highways and state roads. The City of Raleigh on the other hand the worst!!!! What good is it to have the major highways so clean and clear when I can't even get out of my neighborhood to get to them!!

  • whatelseisnew Jan 30, 2014

    Stop wasting the money, This will be melted by Friday/

  • ncprr1 Jan 30, 2014

    Clear what, an inch of snow? Get a broom...or let a car or two, or maybe a couple of kids on tricycles drive by and the breeze will blow the snow off. Come on, my kids have been home for three days for what? Wake is now talking about making up school on Saturdays. What if the wind blows, or it's wet, or the temperature drops below 32...heavens, what will we all do???

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Jan 30, 2014

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    Raleigh area has already been there and done that. I believe the year was 2000.