NCDOT gets jump start on winter road preparations

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – As December approaches, the NC Department of Transportation is getting a jump start on winter preparations.

Their preparations on Wednesday were an opportunity to get in front of the storm.

“We take a look at all of the equipment calibrated with regards to the discharge of salt on the roadway and in addition the salt brine itself also,” said Gerard Taylor, NCDOT.

During brining, 40 gallons of salt are used per road mile and during de-icing, 250 pounds per lane mile are used.

“(We’re) also making sure the salt brine tanks we use are filled,” said Jeremy Stroud, NCDOT. “We normally do that at the end of the spring but things happen, so we just want to make sure that what we think we have is actually what we have on our maintenance yards.”

Nearly 10,000 tons of salt will be used this winter in the 15 eastern North Carolina counties.

The department aims to salt roads 48 hours in advance of any storm.

“We are still responsible for connecting people and places with our transportation system,” said Stroud.

The NCDOT asks drivers to be cautious when approaching brining trucks on the road. Trucks travel at a max speed of 35 miles per hour

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