NCDOT gives update on conditions of county roads throughout southeastern NC. (Source: WECT)
SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) -
Crews with the North Carolina Department of Transportation have worked throughout Wednesday to improve travel conditions on county roads in southeastern North Carolina. Here's the latest update from DOT officials.
DOT officials say roads in New Hanover County are in good shape but warn that just because ice may have melted, doesn't mean it's all clear. They urge motorists to use caution on wet roads. Crews responded to trouble spots overnight and treated the affected areas. Officials expect an all clear by 9 a.m. Wednesday. DOT officials expect a partial return to normalcy for Thursday and are sending extra crews to aid other counties further west.
Bladen and Columbus
DOT crews focused on treating and clearing any icy spots on roads and bridges on secondary routes, checked supplies and made sure chainsaws were gassed up and ready to go in the event of downed trees or limbs. Crews will monitor issues Wednesday night and dayside crews will report Thursday morning ready to deal with any overnight issues.
All roads in Brunswick County were clear, according to DOT officials. There were some reports of ice on bridges and overpasses. Maintenance crews focused on low hanging limbs and falling trees that could turn into potential road hazards Wednesday.
Roads in Pender County are in fair condition with some reports of ice on bridges. DOT crews used about 30 tons of salt Tuesday night, which officials say is a significant amount, because of ice buildup on bridges. No significant damage or incidents were reported.
DOT officials say interstate and major roads had icy patches and crews were working to eliminate those. Crews will continue working to improve secondary roads throughout Wednesday. Officials will keep overnight crews around Wednesday night to monitor any issues.
DOT officials say they've received reports of several roads covered in ice, but expect those roads to gradually improve throughout the day. Crews are placing a mix of sand and salt on roads to try and eliminate icy patches. Officials say they're "not out of the woods yet."
Officials are urging motorists to limit their travel Wednesday night and to be on the lookout for DOT and other emergency vehicles as they work to treat roads.
Downed trees and broken limbs can not only affect roadways, but also power lines. Many residents around southeastern North Carolina experienced outages at some point because of Tuesday's winter weather.
"We regularly trim trees year round to be ready for this exact type of situation," Duke Energy Jeff Brooks added.
"The reason we trim trees is to maintain the liability of our lines."