Crews prepare Greensboro roads for wintry mix

Posted on: 7:25 pm, January 24, 2013, by

GREENSBORO, N.C.— Randy Farmer is packed up and ready to go. Farmer, a driver with The Department of Transportation for more than 20 years is spraying another round of brine on the streets of Guilford County. The Piedmont-Triad is expected to get a wintry mix of snow, sleet, and freezing rain.

“I hope this storm isn’t as bad as previous ones,” Farmer said.

Brine is commonly used before winter weather hits. Brine is made up of water and salt. The water in the brine mixture evaporates leaving a thin layer of salt residue on the road to prevent sleet or snow from sticking to the pavement.

If the precipitation is light enough the brine can melt completely. Each truck the DOT carries has around 1600 gallons of brine. They can usually cover 10-20 miles before running out.

Farmer says he’s already prepared to work around the clock if a large amount of precipitation falls.

“I’m already thinking this is the little storm before the big one comes. I just want to make sure we are not caught off guard,” Farmer said.

The City of Greensboro will also be brining the roads throughout the night.

 

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