The effort to keep roads safe in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — State and city crews are still working on salting roads in Greensboro and Guilford County Friday night.

Darren Wertheim is a state-contracted salt truck driver who works with Triangle Paving and Graving out of Burlington.

“The [roads] have actually improved a great bit from when we started earlier. Right now it’s a lot of slush, a lot of sleet. We’re putting down salt right now, trying to keep the temperature up on the roadways so it doesn’t freeze as it gets cold through the night,” he explained.

Darren works full-time as a chef in Greensboro. When the weather gets bad, he trades out the hot stove for the icy roads.

“Just go down one lane, come down the other.. do it again and again. I go by the Greensboro Coliseum and then up and down Highway 220.”

He’s been working since 7:30 Friday morning and plans to keep going through the night until state officials tell him to stop.

Fox8 caught up with Wetheim as he stocked up on snacks at a convenience store. His secret to keeping salt on the roads? Plenty of sugar.

“Normally a cooler gets me through about the first ten hours then we load up with snacks to keep it going! Gotta keep the energy up. Cookies, candy bars. And sunflower seeds are just a time filler,” he laughed.

Wertheim advises drivers take it slow and remember medians and curbs are still icy.