Road, power crews prepairing for winter weather

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — Department of Transportation crews were preparing Thursday for overnight winter weather.

“We’re getting pretty good at this ‘cause we’ve done it a lot this year,” said Tyler Barrier, a county maintenance engineer with the Department of Transportation in Guilford County.

He said about 60 trucks in total are hitting roads with salt in Guilford County Thursday night. If it gets too cold for salt to do the trick, Berrier said crews can also mix in calcium chloride.

“That really helps melt ice. Should it become lower than a certain temperature that salt becomes a little bit more ineffective,” he explained.

“We’re definitely ready for some warmer weather next week,” he joked.

High Point’s Electric Director Garey Edwards said they are also ready in case the ice knocks out power.

“We can usually do a quarter to a half-inch of ice before we start seeing trouble, once we get above that we start seeing trees come down and other damage happening,” Edwards explained.

He said they’ve sent crews to help out in other cities this winter, including Baltimore Maryland this week, but they were all called back home today for all hands on deck.

Forsyth DOT crews were brining all day Thursday and also planned to salt Friday night.

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