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Brine in tow, DOT prepares roads for winter weather

Posted December 7, 2018 4:48 a.m. EST
Updated December 7, 2018 9:15 a.m. EST

— North Carolina Department of Transportation crews will spray brine on major roads Friday to prepare for a weekend winter storm.

A winter storm watch has been issued for parts of the state, including Durham County, and there is a high probability the Triangle will see at least 1 inch of snow by Sunday.

The DOT expects to go through 130,000 gallons of brine by Saturday.

While some individuals aren’t looking forward to snow and other wintry precipitation, DOT crews said the weather gives them a change of pace.

“These guys, especially early in the season, they look forward to it,” said Jason Dunigan, a Wake County maintenance engineer. “It’s not their same everyday routine of patching potholes, so it’s something a little different.”

“By February, we may feel a little different,” he added.

Officials said the DOT can call on 40 contracted trucks to help keep roads safe.

As the winter weather system gets closer, crews will prepare plows.

If you see DOT trucks on the road, give them space to stay safe and keep brine off your car.

Auto experts also advise drivers to take steps to protect their cars from the cold weather.

Steve Sargent owns an auto care business in Cary and said one of the biggest problems he sees during cold weather is car batteries giving out.

“It happens a lot this time of year. We tow vehicles all the time with battery issues because they wake up in the morning and it won’t start,” he said.

Drivers should also check their coolant, washer fluid levels and tires and pack some snacks and other supplies in case a car gives out, leaving them stranded in the cold.

“Out of an abundance of caution, put some of these things in there. It will make you feel better,” Sargent said.