HIGH POINT, N.C. — The state DOT may as well change their motto to “no rest until the roads are safe” after the last week.
Starting last Wednesday, DOT workers from both cities and the state worked long hours in an attempt to clear the roads of snow and ice after two rounds of winter weather. However, all of that spraying, salting and scraping has taken its toll on the roads.
“The weather does a lot of damage,” said Robert Snow, Transportation Worker 2 for the NCDOT.
Our state legislators have implemented a new mandate for the NCDOT, saying that if a citizen reports a pothole, they must have it fixed within two days. With hundreds of new potholes dug out from the storm, these workers have to move quickly.
“Some of them, it’s clusters of them,” Snow said, of the potholes he and his crew tended to on Wednesday.
Snow told FOX8 that his crew had nine reports of potholes in High Point. When we met up with them, they only had one left to fill.
Snow and company have to move quickly for another reason outside of the legislature. They move quickly, because many times, they’re in harm’s way.
“It’s more dangerous than hard, it’s getting out in traffic,” Snow said.
Although they may be on short rest, knowing what they’re doing has a positive impact helps them sleep at night.
“Our crew, we look at it like this; we don’t work for the DOT, we work for the people, to try to keep them safe,” Snow said.
Myra Stafford, assistant director of transportation for the city of Winston-Salem, says even though they’re not under the 48-hour mandate, they strive to repair reported potholes in that amount of time anyway. They plan to get out on the streets in force on Thursday to get the roads back in shape.