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Triangle Readies for Latest Round of Winter Weather

Posted January 18, 2008

— The North Carolina Department of Transportation was prepped and equipment was ready Friday night for what could be one of the most significant snowfalls in recent years.

WRAL’s Sky 5 was over the major roadways Friday as DOT crews put down streams of salt brine to discourage precipitation from freezing on pavement. Their mission was to hit the main thoroughfares, including Interstate 40, Interstate 540 and the Interstate 440 Beltline.

DOT crews also ran maintenance checks on trucks, making sure the plows were in working order. Crews also took a number of dry runs around the Triangle to get crews familiar with the routes they'll be working when – or if –the storm hits.

A DOT spokesman said the Highway Division will have between 60 and 70 plows at their disposal to work on streets around Raleigh and Wake County.

For comparison, the Town of Cary will have between 30 and 40 plows available for use once the snow starts falling.

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  • just my2cents Jan 18, 2008

    This is when all those who trash DOT workers should stop and think. Hmmm, a nice long 3 day weekend, and those folks are going to be working, day and night!
    Thank you to all of you underpaid hard working people who will be out working to clear the roads and make driving safer!