IMAP teams keeping roads clear of accidents, ice

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Crews with the Department of Transportation IMAP program are tuned to weather forecasts and prepared to keep highways clear of accidents and incidents.

Incident Management Assistance Patrol operators are based in Greensboro and keep an eye on traffic cameras in at least 10 counties, said Dispatcher Skyler Hubbard.

"We look for accidents, congestion, anything in the roadways that might harm a motorists' route of travel. Pretty much anything that's going to affect a motorist -- we're going to be concerned with," Hubbard explained.

IMAP drivers are on the road throughout the day, taking direction from dispatchers like Hubbard and helping out however they can if they find a stranded motorist or accident.

"Any time you come up on somebody that's run out of gas or just having any kind of car trouble on the side of the interstate? They're happy to see you." said IMAP Training Supervisor and driver Denny Thrift.

He said you can call *HP to request IMAP help.

As IMAP workers keep roads clear of accidents, state and city workers are keeping roads clear of ice.

Mike Mabe with the City of Greensboro Field Operations said, "We will be out there around the clock. We basically have 100 men and women working in two 12-hour shifts if the event should call for it."

The city has about 3,500 tons of salt stored, said Mabe, who hopes they won't have to use much of it Tuesday night.

"That's about a quarter million dollars of salt sitting there," he explained. "Hopefully the snow won't be too bad!"

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