Piedmont DOT crews preparing for winter storm, brining roads

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- With western Piedmont counties expecting several inches of snow over the next two days, city and county crews are treating roads ahead of time.

John Rhyne with Division 9 of the state Department of Transportation is overseeing more than 5,000 miles of roads in Forsyth, Davidson, Rowan, Davie and Stokes counties.

"When it's all said and done we'll put out approximately 150,000 gallons of salt brine," Rhyne explained. "We will be in standby mode until it starts snowing tomorrow. At that point we will start applying salt and plowing as necessary and dealing with what Mother Nature gives us."

They plan to brine Tuesday and through the night into Wednesday. Crews are prepared for 12 hour shifts for the next few days if necessary. They have 9,000 tons of salt on hand to cover Division 9 counties.

In the city of Winston-Salem, crews will treat about 2,000 miles of roads.

Assistant Director of the city's Department of Transportation Ryan Newcomb believes they are ready.

"As we head into tomorrow morning, my encouragement to folks always is stay indoors," reminded Newcomb. Their crews are also brining all day and night Tuesday.

The city re-stocked salt since the last snow event two weeks ago. They have about 2,000 tons of salt ready to go.

"We always try to prepare for the worst and be ready for that so we mobilize personnel from other departments. We're fully staffed on 12 hours shifts," he said.

Both hope the weather event brings more snow than ice, and say plowing could take days depending on how many inches.

1 Comment

  • Jethro Bodink

    It’s going to snow. It snows every now and then. I do not understand why people continue to freak out over snow. It don’t matter if the sun is shining or it is raining or snowing. Be happy with what God blesses us with and deal with the weather accordingly. Stop telling everyone to stay indoors and wait it out. Get out and have fun is what I say.

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