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DOT now targeting secondary roads

Posted February 1, 2010
Updated October 19, 2011

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— It could be Wednesday before road crews for the North Carolina Department of Transportation are able to clear snow and ice from secondary roads in some parts of the state, officials said Monday.

Crews spent Saturday and Sunday clearing interstates and major U.S. and state routes of the remains of a winter storm that dropped up to 8 inches of white stuff across the Triangle.

DOT now targeting secondary roads DOT now targeting secondary roads

DOT officials said they expect to have 50 percent of secondary roads in Wake County cleared by Monday night.

"There is still a lot of secondary routes that are partially to fully covered in areas," DOT engineer Jason Holmes said. "My biggest advice to the motoring public is don't get a false sense of security when you're traveling on these roads."

The DOT maintains interstates, U.S. and state routes, as well as roads in public subdivisions that meet DOT requirements. Cities handle other public roadways.

Part of the delay on the secondary roads, DOT chief engineer Jon Nance said, has to do with the low temperatures that make crews' work ineffective.

Once the mercury falls to the low 20s and teens, the brine solution on the roadway loses its effect, and ice begins to bond to the pavement.

Plowing a road at that point, Nance said, would remove the top layer of precipitation, but a plow would not be able to break up and remove the rest.

Additional equipment used in northern states would help, but the DOT has chosen not to make that investment, Nance said.

"The reality is that if you don't have a lot of days during the year where you need this, then you have a lot of equipment sitting around," he said.

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  • scoutmomof2 Feb 2, 2010

    No plow of sand on my SR either. The school buses use it so I doubt Wake County will have school tomorrow either, it is a sheet of white ice. I just tried to get my car out and now it is stuck in front of the house next to a ditch. Thankfully not in the ditch. I have two meetings tomorrow, I can't afford to stay home. And I work for DOT.

  • fisunt Feb 2, 2010

    pbjbeach May I suggest a dictionary. Your spelling is atrocious (bad) to the point of I can't read it.

  • liskm Feb 2, 2010

    Yeah, they must be going with the spring is around the bend plan in Chatham County also. No plow, no salt/sand truck yet. Solid white ice pack still on my road, which happens to be at a cluster pick up kids location for the school bus. Lost wages, so won't be going to do any frills shopping for sure. Folks may as well home school, cause dang sure not having much school!

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 2, 2010

    ......And Handel died in 1759....I don't think he would be too keen on having to scrape the ice off the roads...besides, he was a LIBERAL!

  • RMC10 Feb 2, 2010

    They were scraping down and making it worse on Hwy 55 in Apex on Saturday. We were seeing snow plows, but were not seeing salt/sand truck following. Salt and sand on Saturday with the bright sunshine would have made quicker work of melting down the highways. The brine solution they put down earlier didn't have a chance because it was UNDER the sleet and ice. Should have salted and sanded. Even going to work on Monday I only saw a few examples of sand - and not enough to be effective.

  • 6079 SMITH W Feb 2, 2010

    What, exactly, is a "Dismissal Failure"?.............

  • judge Feb 2, 2010

    There have been no plows on my street whatsoever!

  • pbjbeach Feb 2, 2010

    IN MY PERSONAL OPINION BEV AN HER WHOLE ADMIN ARE A TOTAL JOKE AN A DISMISSAL FAILURE THANK YOU

  • pbjbeach Feb 2, 2010

    WHY DON'T BEV PRAVITIZE THE ENTIRE STET WORKFORCE AN LET PRIVATE BUSESSESSES HANDEL IT ALL THAT IS WHAT SHE HAS ALREADY DONE IN A SENSE OF THE WORD FOR HER ADMINSTRATION SURE WON'T ALLOW STATE EMPLOYEES TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM THE ACTUAL JOB DECRIPTION DUTY'S OF THE JOBS IN THE FIRST PLACE AN YOU HAD BETTER NOT DO ANYTHING IN THE PERFORMANCE OF YOUR STATE DUTYS THAT IN ANYWAY BOTHER OR HINDERS A CONTRACTOR NOT FOR EVEN ONE MINUTE OR ELSE YOUR AS- IS GONE OVER TRUMPED UP UNSBANTANCED REASON . THE CONTRACTORS AN THEIR CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS ARE RUNNING THIS STATE AN NOT THE ELECTED STATE OFFICALS THAT WERE HIRED TO DO SO THANK YOU

  • cary1969 Feb 2, 2010

    so much for the brine solution helping that was put down three days before the snow..now that was a waste

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